Paul Pogba waited for FULL-TIME of Manchester United’s thumping win over Roma to quickly break his Ramadan as the French skipped food at half time before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side staged a masterclass in the second half
- Paul Pogba was at his brilliant best when Manchester United hit Roma 6-2
- The midfielder scored and played an important role in Bruno Fernandes’ opening goal
- As a Muslim, Pogba takes part in Ramadan between April 12 and May 12
- The Frenchman could have broken the fast during half-time, but waited until the end
Paul Pogba was virtually unplayable as Manchester United slapped Roma, scored and put in a stunning performance on Thursday – all while fasting for Ramadan.
The French World Cup winner’s header put United ahead 5-2 in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final and made amends after an early penalty. His brilliant technique to play Bruno Fernandes’ opener was another sublime moment.
During the holy month – from April 12 to May 12 – Muslims like Pogba cannot eat or drink in daylight, meaning the midfielder started the match amid his fast.
Paul Pogba was on fire when Manchester United crushed Roma in the Europa League semi-final
The Frenchman scored a header for United’s fifth amid a super performance in midfield
Since the second half was to be played after nightfall, he had the option to break the fast during the intermission. Instead he played on and continued the masterclass in the second half.
“Paul Pogba was fasting for Ramadan last night,” BT Sport said Reshmin Chowdhury disclosed.
Full-time, he ate quickly and reappeared for media interviews, sipping an energy drink. All this with a huge smile.
I asked how he handles fasting and playing. He looked up, pointed and said, “Allah help us.”
Pogba managed to show the brilliance despite fasting for Ramadan, only ate during halftime
The Frenchman ate quickly after the game before coming forward with a lot of energy for interviews
The performance confirmed Pogba’s claim that he can take Ramadan in his stride after telling United. website: ‘I’ve been doing it (Ramadan) for years.
‘I’m lucky. It’s not that hot, you know, so I can handle it. It’s not that hard, and it’s for a good cause, so it’s good. ‘
United icon Rio Ferdinand replied, writing ‘love this’ after rejoicing in an overwhelming victory that almost secured Old Trafford’s place in the Europa League final.
United trailed 2-1 at half-time after Lorenzo Pellegrini converted the penalty Pogba received for handball, before Edin Dzeko picked up another to overhaul Fernandes’ opener.
Then United rebelled in the second half, as Edinson Cavani doubled and Fernandes added a second, before Greenwood went in the act after Pogba’s header.