Paul Pogba Pulled Christian Pulisic Aside After Disappointing Debut

Ryan Phillips

Christian Pulisic didn’t have the Premier League debut he imagined on Sunday. But after the match, he got some encouragement from an unlikely source: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

After United belted Pulisic’s Chelsea side 4-0 in their Premier League opener, Pogba pulled the 20-year-old American aside, put his arm around him and gave him some words of encouragement.

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Pulisic started on the bench and subbed in for Ross Barkley in the 58th minute. He got just over 30 minutes of playing time and didn’t do much, save for one run after he first entered. On that run he beat defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, then wound up being fouled by Pogba. He also set up teammate Emerson Palmieri for a chance at goal in stoppage time.

Other than that it was a mixed bag for the youngster.

That said, Pogba clearly saw the talent the American possesses and pulled him aside after the match. That had to mean something to Pulisic, seeing as how Pogba is one of the most talented midfielders in the world and was a key part of France’s 2018 World Cup-winning squad.

Obviously Pulisic’s debut didn’t go how he hoped it would, but the moment with Pogba afterwards is something he’ll certainly remember.