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‘Pogba’s influence underlined’ – Three things learnt from Manchester United 1-1 Swansea

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Manchester United were held at Old Trafford for the tenth time this season by relegation-threatened Swansea City.

The top four is now out of their hands and it was a laboured performance by the home side.

The visitors probably had the better of the game and deserved to get on level terms through a brilliant free-kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

After some better performances in recent weeks, this would have disappointed Jose Mourinho.

This result has put even more importance on their Europa League tie with Celta Vigo, as it could represent the best chance of getting back into the Champions League.

Here are three things that we learnt…

Paul Pogba has been missed these last two matches

Although the Frenchman has been criticised in the media for his perceived struggles this season, his influence has been underlined in recent matches. The side have lacked a creative presence from deep and that hindered their attack.

United had only 12 shots during the match, which is a lot lower than their season average. Their goal came from a penalty and it was a great move that involved a good through ball from Jesse Lingard. However, there wasn’t enough of this from the United team and that is a large reason why they drew the match.

Jose Mourinho’s team selection has to be called into question as Henrikh Mkhitaryan started from the bench. The manager may have had an eye on Thursday’s Europa League match against Celta Vigo, but the Armenian is one of the few who could match the creativity of Pogba.

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Despite being the captain of the club, Wayne Rooney doesn’t offer enough in open play. The 31-year-old had one of his better games, with three key passes and five shots. That said, it may have been a better choice to have started with the younger and more dynamic Mkhitaryan.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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