Man United discipline Young Boys

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September 20, 2018
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) beats Young Boys goalkeeper David Von Ballmoos (right) with a powerfully struck penalty during their UEFA Champions League group H match at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland yesterday. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)

BERN, Switzerland (AP):

Game-winning displays like Paul Pogba's in a 3-0 victory for Manchester United over Young Boys should help to improve his relations with coach Jose Mourinho.

Pogba scored twice late in the first half yesterday to get United off to a smooth start in the UEFA Champions League against the group-stage newcomer.

A curling shot in the 35th minute and an assured penalty in the 44th after a trademark slow-trot approach showed Pogba at his most elegant.

Pogba's form cheered Mourinho on the touchline after an uneasy early season between them since the team's signature player returned from winning the World Cup with France.

United went three goals up in the 66th when Pogba surged through the midfield and teed up Anthony Martial, who also had tense pre-season exchanges with Mourinho. Martial's shot took a deflection off defender Mohamed Ali Camara.

LONG-RANGESTRIKE

Camara's eventful evening included testing David De Gea with an early long-range strike, hitting a post with a second-half shot from a corner, and being beaten by Pogba's quick feet that created space to score the opening goal.

The penalty was awarded for a handball awarded against Young Boys defender Kevin Mbabu for blocking Luke Shaw's cross.

The result dispelled Mourinho's doubts expressed to UEFA this month about playing Champions League games on artificial turf.

Still, Mourinho said the surface should not be an excuse for his players who did have uneasy moments before Pogba stepped up.

Making his United debut, 19-year-old right-back Diogo Dalot slipped on the plastic pitch to give winger Christian Fassnacht a shooting chance that was blocked.

Losers on their two previous Champions League games in Switzerland, both at Basel, United next welcome Valencia to Old Trafford on October 2.

Also in Group H, Pogba's former team Juventus won 2-0 at Valencia, despite a first-half red card for Cristiano Ronaldo, the former United star.

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