Paul Pogba opened up on how he “tricked” West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski after scoring two penalties to seal Manchester United a fortunate 2-1 win.
The French midfielder ended a scoreless run of 10 games for both club and country on Saturday by firing in two penalties at Old Trafford.
For the first of his spot-kicks, Pogba notably avoided taking up his normal stuttering run-up with a more conservative method instead to hand United a 19th-minute lead.
After Felipe Anderson equalised for West Ham in the second-half, Pogba cooly tucked away a second penalty in the final 10 minutes to secure all three points for United.
Speaking afterwards, the 26-year-old reckons that a change in his technique may have done the trick in successfully beating Fabianski from the spot twice.
“What matters is to put the ball inside the net, that’s all,” Pogba told BT Sport.
“Maybe I tricked the goalkeeper, but the most important thing is the three points today.
“I think we had the luck and you always have to take it. Sometimes, it is for the other team but we took it today.”
Despite his heroics from the spot, however, the France international had a rather low-key performance along with most of the United squad.
Following their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona mid-week, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to his line-up.
But the 20-time English champions were far from their best and notably gave away the ball many times during the opening 45 minutes.
In fact, Anderson had actually put West Ham ahead only for his effort to be questionably ruled out for offside by the referee.
Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea then produced a truly remarkable save from substitute Michail Antonio to deny West Ham a 77th-minute winner.
At the end of the day, though, Pogba’s two penalties were enough for United to grab a valuable win to close to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table.
“We didn’t have a good performance but the result is there,” admitted Pogba.
“It was really open but we didn’t play well. With the chances and space we had, maybe we played too slow and weren’t dangerous.
“We have to fix that, learn from that and focus on the next one.
“I can’t explain if we were tired from the Champions League game. We have to rest now for Tuesday.”