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

Dec 31, 2018, 02:45
Solskjaer salutes ‘top, top performance’ from in-form Pogba

Pogba said: "We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves".

"And all of them, they have really, really performed up to the top standards".

They have scored 12 goals in that stretch - having averaged less than two per game under Mourinho - with Pogba netting two for the second game in a row. "We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is attractive". "I've just gone about the job as I experienced it as a player, and a coach", added Solskjaer.

Pogba rattled the post with a low strike in the 75th minute as the Frenchman continued to search for his first senior hat-trick, but he ultimately had to settle for his second brace in the space of four days.

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"I know it's a team game, but at times you've got to look after yourself". "That's how I celebrate my goals". And he's the catalyst. Alongside him, Nemanja Matic, an on-field symbol of the painfully bland, uninspiring Mourinho style for much of the season, appeared vastly improved against Bournemouth, willing to get forward at any opportunity.

"And the way he made the first goal as well - hold up play, skills, vision to put it in the right area".

Eric Bailly has returned to the starting eleven and he will be pairing with Victor Lindelof at the heart of Manchester United's defence.

It was not all positive for United on the afternoon, however, as Bailly received a straight red card in the 79th minute for a poor challenge on Fraser, which leaves Solskjaer light at the back as Chris Smalling is still on the sidelines.

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The result, which followed the 5-1 win at Cardiff and 3-1 success over Huddersfield, makes Solskjaer the third man to win his first three league games in charge of United, after Sir Matt Busby and Mourinho.

The only negative for United was an apparent injury to Rashford and Bailly's rash tackle, which will earn the centre-back an automatic three-match ban. So this is how we want to play, we want to attack, the manager wants to attack.

Eddie Howe admitted his Bournemouth side were below par (Martin Rickett/PA).

Phil Jones then came on for Martial as United - who have another home game against Newcastle on Wednesday - saw out the remaining minutes easily, an Andrew Surman shot wide the best Bournemouth could muster. The attacking football that was the club's hallmark under Alex Ferguson is definitely back at Old Trafford and Pogba, the club's record signing, looks completely rejuvenated under the caretaker manager.

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"We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is attractive". It's a big ask, but the form they are in.