Paul Pogba waited until FULL-TIME to break Ramadan fast in Manchester United's Roma thrashing

Paul Pogba was virtually unplayable as Manchester United thumped Roma, scoring and putting-in a stunning performance on Thursday – all while fasting for Ramadan.

The French World Cup winner's header put United 5-2 up in the Europa League semi-final first leg, making amends after conceding an early penalty. His brilliant technique to setup Bruno Fernandes' opener was another sublime moment.

During the holy month – running April 12 to May 12 – muslims like Pogba cannot eat or drink in daylight hours, meaning the midfielder began the game amid his fast.


With the second-half set to be played after nightfall, he had the option to break the fast at the interval. Instead, he played-on and continued the masterclass in the second-half.

'Paul Pogba was fasting for Ramadan last night,' BT Sport's Reshmin Chowdhury revealed.

'At full-time, he quickly ate, then reappeared for media interviews, sipping an energy drink. All this with a massive smile.

'I asked how he manages fasting and playing. He looked up, pointed and said "Allah helps us."



The performance confirmed Pogba's claims that he can take Ramadan in his stride, having told told United's website: 'I've been doing it (Ramadan) for years.

'I'm lucky. It's not that hot, you know, so I can deal with it. It's not that hard, and it's for a good cause so it's good.'

United icon Rio Ferdinand replied, writing 'love this' after delighting in an overwhelming victory which all-but secured the Old Trafford side's place in the Europa League final.

United were 2-1 down at the break after Lorenzo Pellegrini converted the penalty Pogba conceded, before Edin Dzeko bagged another to overhaul Fernandes' opener.

Then United ran riot in the second-half, as Edinson Cavani bagged a double, Fernandes added a second, before Greenwood got in on the act following Pogba's header.

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