Juventus: Paul Pogba Scores Screamer Against Udinese (Video)
Sorry, Manchester United supporters. This one is going to hurt.
Over in Italy, defending Serie A champions Juventus furthered their credentials for this season's Scudetto with a resounding 4-0 home win over Udinese. In victory, the Bianconeri stretched their lead to five points over Lazio, who drew 2-2 at Palermo.
More memorably, though, young midfielder Paul Pogba scored two lovely goals and turned in an all-around classy performance. The 19-year-old opened the scoring in the 41st minute and doubled Juventus' advantage in the 66th, before Mirko Vucinic (72') and Alessandro Matri (80') completed the rout with late goals.
Pogba's first is the one we're most concerned with here. It appears in the clip above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day. Enjoy, unless you're a United fan. In that case, get ready for a fresh serving of regrets with a side dish of what-if.
Here's what happened. In the 41st minute, Pogba controlled a failed clearance flying high out of the Udinese box. The Frenchman's first touch trapped the ball, and with his second he unleashed a fierce, dipping, swerving 35-yard shot that beat the keeper and bounced into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
Well done, kid.
Here's what Pogba said afterwards (via Juventus.com):
I still need to develop a great deal, I need to be more aggressive and use the ball better. I always pay attention to Pirlo, Marchisio and Vidal and look to incorporate some of their features into my game.
It gives me tremendous pleasure. The manager believes in me, I know that, but I have to repay him by working with great dedication on a daily basis.
Pogba, as most will remember, left Manchester United for Juventus last summer after making only a few appearances with the first team (via BBC Sport).
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was miffed about the decision then. How do we think he feels now?
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