The former Old Trafford favorite has suggested that there is a gap in the class between his countrymen and the Red Devils’ summer signing from Ajax
Patrice Evra praised Paul Pogba for his fantastic strike against West Ham and admitted that comparisons between his former Manchester United team-mate and Donny van de Beek make him “laugh”.
United broke a club record extending their ninth place in a row by beating West Ham 3-1 at London Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from the second half from Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
However, the Red Devils were very happy to go in at half time just 1-0, with Jared Bowen and Sebastian Haller both guilty of missing clear chances on both sides of Tomas Soucek’s opener in the 38th minute.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side was outfight and outrun in each division, but the Norwegian head coach realized that changes needed to be made and led Rashford and Bruno Fernandes to start the second half, with Van de Beek and Edinson Cavani forced to take their place.
The visitors appeared with new impetus during the second period, and with Fernandes driving the team forward from the center of the park, the inevitable equalizer came shortly after the hour mark.
Fernandes competed on a Dean Henderson clearance before hitting Pogba 35 yards from goal, and the Frenchman unleashed an unstoppable curling effort that beat Lukasz Fabiański in the West Ham net.
Greenwood ended a fantastic turnaround moments later with a trademark finish, before Rashford rounded off the score 12 minutes from time after being played through by Juan Mata.
Evra singled out Pogba for praise after the match and also suggested that there is a class gap between his countrymen and Van de Beek, who joined United from Ajax for £ 35m ($ 47m) in the summer transfer window.
“What a great goal from Paul. When people compare him to Van de Beek, it just makes me laugh. Look at that goal,” said the former Red Devils defender. Sky Sports.
Evra continued to credit Solskjaer for his handling of the game, but also admitted that there is still a lot of work to be done for a United side that has developed a worrying habit of giving the opposition a head start in matches.
“We should honor Ole,” he added. “When we lose, people attack Ole, but what a big change. Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford run behind the defense, they make the difference, even Mata and Paul came alive.
“Cavani did not have a good game. Van de Beek did not have a good game, he made quick changes and we won.
“I do not want this team to react, I want them to act, but after the terrible first half, [getting] four wins in a row is all positive for United – but when you always have to come back you know something is wrong. “