Luke Shaw has described Paul Pogba as “one of the best midfielders in the world” after his two-goal display in Manchester United’s 3-0 Champions League win over Young Boys. Pogba handed Jose Mourinho’s side the lead 10 minutes before the interval with a superb finish into the roof of the net before coolly slotting home a penalty soon after. He then teed up Anthony Martial for United’s third after a marauding run through the middle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The French midfielder was far and away the star on the day, as he lifted his side after an otherwise frustrating start. Shaw – making his first start since suffering concussion on international duty – hailed his captain’s display and believes he is up with the very best in the game. He told BT Sport: “He gets some stick sometimes but we know what quality he has. “For me, he is one of the best in the world. He is important as captain. He shows on the pitch what kind of leader he is. These two #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/GORQV6qsv0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 19, 2018″Hopefully he can carry that on.”Shaw admits that United started sluggishly and were indebted to Pogba’s fine strike to help them settle into the opening Group H game. “It was extremely difficult in the first half,” he added. “We didn’t start bright. The pitch was difficult but we got to grips with it. Paul Pogba came up with a bit of magic for the first goal and that calmed us down a bit.”It is always tough. The crowd, the pitch and the atmosphere. They were up for it. It is all about the points though and we got them.”With the three points in hand, the Pogba, Shaw and the Red Devils now look ahead to matches against Wolves, Derby County and West Ham before resuming group play against Valencia, who fell to 10-man Juventus on Wednesday despite a Cristiano Ronaldo red card.
Mumbai, Jul 4 (PTI) The Indian Under-18 girls rugby team, led by Odishas Sumitra Nayak, is all set to take part in the Paris World Games 2017 commencing on July 7.This is the second international tournament for the U-18 girls team after they bagged a bronze at the inaugural Asian U-18 Rugby Sevens held in UAE, it was announced at a media conference today.”We had a selection camp where 25 girls took part out of which 12 girls, five each from Odisha and West Bengal (and the other two from Delhi and Mumbai), were selected,” said team coach Nasser Hussain. Hussain said five girls – Sumitra, Rajni Sabar, Basanti Pangi, Lija Sardar (all Odisha) and Gargee Walekar (Maharashtra) – were part of the squad in the Asian tournament held in UAE. “So far, seven teams have confirmed their participation for the rugby event,” said the coach, adding it was a fairly young side.Apart from rugby, the World Games – conducted with an eye on France winning the bid to host the 2024 Olympics – will see competitions in volleyball, football, badminton, basketball and handball.The Games will see participation of around 15,000 athletes from over 60 countries.Hussain said that team members will be meeting members of both the French womens national rugby team and under 18 team during their visit.Sumitra Nayak said the team will try their best to clinch a gold medal in the tournament. “We have been training since the past one month under Hussain Sir and we have practised a lot for the tournament and will give our best,” said Nayak, who initially trained at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Bhubaneshwar.advertisementMumbai girl Gargee said she got acquainted with the sport through an initiative of the Rugby India.She assured that she will give her best in the teams bid to emerge victorious in the tournament.”My parents have supported me, but it is difficult to balance academic life and sports,” said Gargee, who is studying in a city-based college. PTI NRB SSR RMT