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Pogba’s double gives United top-four boost

PAUL Pogba scored twice from the spot to keep Manchester United firmly in the hunt for Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford.

United made a host of changes before next week’s game against Barcelona, but Paul Pogba was kept in the starting line-up as they attempted to reel in Chelsea above them.

West Ham had nothing to play for but pride, but that was enough to keep United on the back foot, and only a matter of inches saved them when Felipe Anderson appeared to volley them into the lead before being ruled offside.

Pogba’s 12th Premier League goal broke the deadlock after Robert Snodgrass brought down Juan Mata in the box, giving the World Cup winner the chance to fire in from the spot.

In the second half, a mistake from Pogba and David de Gea allowed West Ham to equalise early on through Felipe Anderson, and United struggled to break down their opponents. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood as they chased the game, but Michail Antonio hit the post and Michail Antonio brought a brilliant save from De Gea.

With 10 minutes of normal time remaining, Pogba converted his second penalty when Ryan Fredericks had clumsily pulled down Anthony Martial bearing down on goal.

Meanwhile, West Ham fans identified in a video chanting anti-Semitic slogans will be barred for life, the Premier League club said on Sunday.The video surfaced of the Hammers supporters chants on their way to Saturday’s Premier League away match with Manchester United.

“We are disgusted by the contents of the video,” said a West Ham spokesperson.- Eurosport

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