It's not been very often in his Manchester United career that Bruno Fernandes has been overshadowed, but he was only part of the supporting cast in the finest 45 minutes of the season on Sunday.

United's reliance on the Portuguese playmaker looked a thing of the past in what was a superb team performance to beat Tottenham 3-1.

The comeback after the break was built around slick interplay and sharp passing moves, rather than the methods United are usually accused of being dependent on, such as pace on the break or an impact from Fernandes.

Going 1-0 down to a defensive Tottenham side organised by Jose Mourinho should have been a worst-case scenario for a side supposedly so predisposed to hurting teams on the break, but United showed their continued evolvement by simply outplaying Spurs for 45 minutes. They couldn't live with the movement from midfield and attack and the quality of the passing exchanges.

But most of all they couldn't live with Paul Pogba. One of the few remaining complaints about Pogba and his time at Old Trafford is that he hasn't decorated the biggest games. This was proof that he can do it against United's Premier League rivals.

Pogba was on the left of attack this time, not a position he would normally be associated with, but right now he looks like he could play anywhere on the pitch and still have an influence.

Time and again he looked short of options in a cul-de-sac down United's left, but would wriggle free through a combination of skill and strength. His role in the third goal, skipping aside a couple of challenges and finding Mason Greenwood, was an example of how good he was, but also how easy he made it look.

On this kind of form Pogba looks like he's having a kickabout at the park with his mates. His shoulders were relaxed all afternoon, it was almost too easy for him at times.

Manchester United fought back superbly to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

After a VAR row following United's disallowed goal in the first half, Son Heung-Min opened the scoring for Spurs. But United came roaring back in the second half to win, with goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Grenwood.

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This is the best version of Pogba United have seen, the player they expected for an £89million outlay. Why it's taken so long to reach this point is another matter, but the shame is it's coming when the relationship between club and player looks to be heading towards a separation.

Pogba's contract expires in June 2022 and he was making public his desire for a new challenge as long ago as the summer of 2019. Neither Pogba nor his agent Mino Raiola have contradicted that statement since, in fact Raiola's stance has only got stronger, culminating in that incendiary interview with Tuttosport on the eve of United's do-or-die Champions League fixture with RB Leipzig in December.

At that point it looked increasingly like United should move on from Pogba. He had been ineffectual all season and now his agent had destabilised them ahead of a crucial game, which they went on to lose.

But, somehow, Pogba's most consistent and sustained run of form since signing for United has followed. It's another triumph for the man-management skills of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the ability of Pogba to put the distractions to one side and simply get on with his football.

It's probably worth stating that Pogba feels an affinity to United. He's now spent eight years of his career at the club across two spells and still has friends from his time in the youth system, including players who have dropped out of the game, such as John Cofie. He might feel his ambitions can't be matched by United and at 28 he is in his prime now and wants to win the medals his career deserves, but since December he's shown that while he's at United he's going to give it his all.

"When he’s been at the club Paul has always wanted what is best for Man United, he’s been such an important part of the squad on and off the pitch," Solskjaer said earlier this month.

"Paul is a player we want to see at Man United and play well. Just to have him back fit for the last two months, he’s going to be important to us, we know he can be the difference between many, many points or going through in Europe like we did against Milan."

As part of the question Solskjaer was asked if he'd want to keep Pogba for next season and risk losing him for nothing in 2022. "Paul knows what my thoughts are," was his response.

From a footballing point of view United have to retain Pogba. It might mean losing him on a free next summer, and to lose a player of his gifts for nothing twice wouldn't be a great look, but if United have ambitions of winning the Premier League title next season then it will be far easier with Pogba than without.

United will hope there is still a chance the World Cup winner can be persuaded to extend that deal. But if that isn't the case, a cut-price sale this year would make little sense, other than helping to balance the books financially.

This will be another window affected by the pandemic, which has hit revenues hard at almost every football club. Those with an interest in Pogba, such as Real Madrid or Juventus, will find it hard to make a case for paying a substantial fee for a player with a year left on his contract.

With no questions left over Pogba's commitment to the cause and his form as good as it's ever been in Manchester, United need him next season. The cost of replacing him this summer will be considerable, for starters. Right now he looks like one of the best players in the Premier League. Finally conquering that competition will be easier with Pogba in your team, than without him.