Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2nd L) shakes hands with Paul Pogba at the pitch after the match between Stansted United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouraged Paul Pogba to cut showboating from his game to reconstruct the “ efficient” display that saw the Frenchman scored two times for the second straight game in the 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth with Old Trafford.
A third consecutive victory since Solskjaer took caretaker charge until the finish of the season keeps United 8 points adrift of Chelsea within the fight for a top-four finish.
Pogba has been key to any or all three wins, but this was perhaps his best display as he furthermore teed up Romelu Lukaku’ t fourth goal and struck the particular post late on to just lose out on a first career hat-trick.
“ That is a top, top overall performance for a midfield player because it’ s all-round: work rate, harmful in the box, no showboating. It’ s touch, pass, move, ” said Solskjaer.
“ It’ s an efficient game plus Paul knows he’ s with his best when it’ h an efficient game. ”
The change in mood close to United in the 12 days considering that Jose Mourinho was sacked is certainly palpable, no more so in the shows of Pogba, who was discarded in the Portuguese’ s starting line-up designed for his final three league online games in charge.
“ We have been Manchester United and we need to be on top of the league. It is just a reaction of all the players and everyone is enjoying them selves, ” said Pogba.
“ It is different, we nevertheless won games with the old supervisor but it is just a different style of actively playing, we are more offensive and we are usually creating more chances and that is the way we want to play. ”
United have now scored 12 instances in three games under the Norwegian, but Solskjaer insisted he has simply tried to instill what he discovered under Alex Ferguson during eleven seasons as a player at Previous Trafford.
“ This is the way it was. I’ ve just eliminated about the job as I experienced this as a player, and a coach, ” added Solskjaer.
“ We want to go attacking. We’ ve been at home two games and have to entertain the fans. I really like working with good players and great people. ”
Pogba played a part in four associated with United’ s five goals from Cardiff last weekend to get Solskjaer off to a flying start before rating twice against Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
Solskjaer provides spoken of his desire to observe Pogba break into the box more regularly and had the simplest of tasks in order to prod the ball into a clear net after Marcus Rashford acquired bewildered the Bournemouth defence.
Nathan Ake and Diego Rico were left beaten simply by Rashford’ s combination of fleet-footed dribbling a basketball and pace before his combination perfectly picked out Pogba’ s operate.
Pogba then managed to get 2-0 with a bullet header through Ander Herrera’ s cross.
Unlike Pogba, Nemanja Matic was one of Mourinho’ s the majority of trusted lieutenants but the Serbian has additionally epitomised the change in add orchestrated by Solskjaer with the previous Chelsea midfielder much more willing to choose a forward rather than sideways pass.
And Matic began the particular move for United’ s 3rd when he picked out Anthony Martial’ s run and the Frenchman’ s cross with the outside of his shoe was turned home by Rashford.
For all the improvements recently, though, Solskjaer is still waiting for an initial clean sheet since November since Ake beat Matic to strength home David Brooks’ s mix.
Rashford should have put into his tally when put thoroughly clean through by Pogba, but didn’ t get enough elevation in the attempted chip over Asmir Begovic before making way for Lukaku 20 moments from time.
As well as the Belgian netted almost instantly when he or she squeezed the ball past Begovic on his weaker right foot through another Pogba pass.
Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when their low strike from the edge from the box came off the woodwork.
But United had to find out the final 11 minutes a person light after Eric Bailly unnecessarily lunged in on Ryan Fraser to see a straight red card.