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Paul Pogba Reveals How Michael Carrick Was Instrumental In His Stunning Derby Brace

Paul Pogba Reveals How Michael Carrick Was Instrumental In His Stunning Derby Brace

It was a tale of two halves for Paul Pogba and Manchester United in the thrilling derby victory over Manchester City yesterday.

The Frenchman was anonymous in the first half and one of the worst performers on the pitch as City bossed the game.

However, the £89 million man stepped up and answered his critics in the second half by scoring two brilliant goals in quick succession and instigating a shock comeback that prevented City from winning the title in a dream scenario.

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Speaking after the final whistle, Pogba gave credit to his teammate Michael Carrick for his two goals - which both came from wonderfully timed runs into the box from midfield.

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Images: PA

"[Alexis Sanchez] always tells me when you pass me the ball, 'Just make the run, I see you.'" he told Thierry Henry on Sky Sports.

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"I give the credit to Michael Carrick, because after the game every game he shows me the video and says to make those runs. He's someone who's helped me a lot, every time after training he says: 'Come, look at this run, you can kill because nobody can stop you.'

"It's hard to make this run in a two, because you have to stay and you have to control. When we have three players, I know Matic will stay behind, and you have more freedom to go in front."

Carrick, who is retiring at the end of the season, has managed just 24 minutes of Premier League football this season following heart problems.

But clearly he's still very valued within the club and he started life as a coach against Swansea last week - giving him a taster before he joins Jose Mourinho's backroom staff for next season.

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Going off Pogba's post-match comments, it seems, Carrick, criminally underrated throughout his career, could be a very handy addition to the United bench.

Topics: Manchester City, Paul Pogba, Football News, Etihad Stadium, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Manchester derby, Michael Carrick

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