Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes cheeky pop at Paul Pogba in post-match interview

Paul Pogba has yet to hit the heights reached by Steven Gerrard says Rafa Benitez

Paul Pogba has yet to hit the heights reached by Steven Gerrard says Rafa Benitez

As well as Pogba and Lukaku, Chris Smalling and Anthony Martial were also on the scoresheet.

United's next Premier League game is against Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday. United have missed that recently.

You could feel the tension lifting inside an Old Trafford not short of angst in recent weeks.

But both took to the field against Newcastle United, with Pogba starting the contest and playing over an hour, while Ibrahimovic made a late cameo.

"He affects our football", Mourinho said when asked of Pogba's man of the match performance.

It was his first appearance since April after recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered in the Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht last season.

"But to be honest Newcastle was probably the team, not in the second-half, but in the first-half which come here and we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas, and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but because of our balance". We believe we can do it - that's the aim.

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The Red Devils made a brilliant start to the 2017-18 season following six victories and one stalemate in their opening seven games. Asked about his faster than expected recovery from injury, Ibrahimovic later compared himself to a lion.

"Very experienced, very intelligent, the team was very well organised, they start very well, creating us problems, we couldn't play sometimes in our defensive areas but the goal was like a wake-up call and the team reacted very, very well and very strong".

The win maintained Manchester City's eight point gap at the top of the table, but Pogba insists United have every chance of chasing down their neighbours.

That belief shows the level of optimism back at Old Trafford. "He's a great player, like the majority of the Manchester United players".

With Pogba back, confidence will continue to rise.

"Manchester United is a completely different ball-game, if they lose Paul Pogba, they're more likely to do that parking-the-bus style even more".

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