Pretty Sure Pogba Told Pulisic He’s The Best Player He’s Ever Played Against

I don’t read lips, but I can pretend that I do. MARCA does it all the time.

With Chelsea trailing Manchester United 1-0 on an early penalty that was earned largely against the run of play, Frank Lampard subbed on Christian Pulisic for his Premier League debut in the 58th minute to turn the tide. Nine minutes later, United’s lead stood at 3-0. 

It was a chastising curtain-raiser for Lampard, Pulisic and Chelsea as United steamrolled to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford and further goals from Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James. Want-away midfield maestro Paul Pogba provided two assists and Chelsea supporters now file this one under “rebuilding process.”

How a team that won the Europa League, finished third in the table and fields the likes of César Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Pedro, Olivier Giroud and N'Golo Kanté could be “rebuilding” is entirely beyond me — if Lampard’s name was Maurizio Sarri he’d be getting sacked tomorrow morning — but we just have to trust the NBC Sports narrative.

In his 32 minutes on the pitch, Pulisic recorded 24 touches, completed 12 of 12 passes and successfully ran around on three of six dribbles. He tried, but unfortunately for the 20-year-old American, his introduction coincided with an unforgivable Chelsea collapse. 

Here’s Martial making it 2-0 in the 65th minute.

Here’s Pogba supplying the dime and Rashford finishing for United’s third.

And here’s James getting lucky as hell for United’s fourth.

After the match Pogba took a brief moment to talk to Pulisic. I’m not a lip reader, but here’s my best attempt at it: “Christian, you are my son. You are fast — rapid fast, I cannot keep up. The USMNT is my favorite team.”

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