Solskjaer salutes ‘top, top performance’ from in-form Pogba

Posted December 31, 2018

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his matchday squad that will host Bournemouth at Old Trafford in a Premier League clash later today. There's been plenty of talk about the unshackling of Pogba since United's win at Cardiff, and this display was as good a sign as any that finally, two and-a-half years after returning to Old Trafford, the Frenchman is delivering what he's truly capable of.

"It's work rate, it's unsafe in the box, he wins headers, he wins tackles and there is no showboating".

Solskjaer said he hadn't felt the need to tell Pogba to cut out the showboating but clearly believes his message has got through. "It is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves", said Pogba.

Paul Pogba has scored more goals in three games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than he did in his last 17 appearances for Jose Mourinho.

"For me, I would hope I can help or guide these players to maybe tip them over to thinking they want to stay at this club".

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"The way he's gone about this job, playing up top, the work rate he puts in..." We've been at home two games and the crowd, we have to entertain them.

"It's down to the players but when you're at Man United there isn't a lot of greener grass on the other side".

Solskjaer has spoken of his desire to see Pogba break into the box more regularly and he had the simplest of tasks to prod the ball into an empty net after Marcus Rashford had bewildered the Bournemouth defence. "So I am really looking forward to working with him".

Ake and Diego Rico were left beaten by Rashford's combination of fleet-footed dribbling and pace before his cross perfectly picked out Pogba's run.

Shaw, who has regained his first team place after losing favour with Mourinho, said he had no idea former United favourite Solskjaer was going to be named caretaker manager.

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United were not finished in the first period, however, and scored their third in the 45th minute when Rashford stretched to turn an excellent Anthony Martial cross into the back of the net.

Pogba later set up second-half substitute Romelu Lukaku to add United's fourth and final goal in the 72nd minute.

Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when his low strike from the edge of the box came off the woodwork.

United had Eric Bailly sent off for a challenge on Ryan Fraser in the 79th minute and Solskjaer had no complaints about the decision, adding: "Eric won't complain either - he knows he's mistimed that one".

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