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Pogba gives what no one else can but Rashford, Ronaldo & Fernandes have to rediscover superior power

MANCHESTER UNITED supporters may have been denied a half but the return of Paul Pogba was more than enough to blow the whistle.

That was despite a night of missed opportunities that led to Middlesbrough knocking them out of the FA Cup on penalties.

Paul Pogba returns to action for Manchester United against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup

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Paul Pogba returns to action for Manchester United against Middlesbrough in the FA CupCredit: Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo and United strikers must improve their finishing to get into the top 4

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Cristiano Ronaldo and United strikers must improve their finishing to get into the top 4Credit: AFP

Pogba has shone in his return to the big action – but his blunt teammates have not eaten a bite as a series of missed opportunities prove the cost.

The midfielder has not played since the 2-2 Champions League draw against Atalanta on November 2.

Then he injured his thigh the week after training with the French team.

Pogba returned to the starting lineup for the first time since defeat against Boro and looks like instant.

United’s record-breaking £89million transfer looks set to remain for nothing this summer when his contract expires.

But boss Ralf Rangnick and Stretford End won’t give a bit if he continues to produce monitors like these to help them alleviate that financial hit by qualifying for the Champions League – if the striker rediscover their shooting shoes!

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After such a long absence, it didn’t take him long to help his team continue with one- and two-touch football.

Pogba’s deception led to an early penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo has missed amazinglybut his defense is equally outstanding.

He stopped the early surge of Boro’s speedster Isiah jones and then regained the ball to initiate the move that led to Jadon Sancho’s opener.

Having a hit from a distance himself, he later showed he was also willing to do the dirty work by booking a room for the team while Marcus Tavernier was clearing the ball.

It was only in the first half – ending with Old Trafford PA announces no food or drink in lounge kiosks due to technical error.

United fans laughed at that, but in typical late-year fashion, they were hungry for something from the top shelf before Boro equalized.

Pogba, who came on in the 80th minute, certainly offered something no one else could in United’s midfield.

And his return in this form could certainly provide the spark to seal a four-headed finish.

But the men ahead of him on the field need to find their shooting shoes again and fast.

Marcus Rashford, who has been ruled out for a clear offside, can continue playing until next Friday and is yet to get past the point.

Middlesbrough advance to the FA Cup on penalties after a lousy finish from United

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Middlesbrough advance to the FA Cup on penalties after a lousy finish from UnitedCredit: PA

LIkewise Bruno Fernandes, who took a great opportunity to grab it when he hit the post.

That’s three goals, two coming in a draw with Aston Villa, in 19 games for last season’s top scorer.

And then there’s Ronaldo, the sulky and frustrated figure, who also couldn’t beat Boro the day before his 37th birthday.

The Portuguese legend is undoubtedly still one of the greatest on the planet, but it’s been his four straight games without a net found.

Almost no worries – but when you set the bar as high as he does, both his fans, teammates and himself expect more.

And all will have to be much more scarce when they have to face Burnley next week.

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