Ole Solskjaer plots deals for Anthony Martial and David De Gea

Lydia FlemingDec 31, 2018

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouraged Paul Pogba to cut showboating from his game to recreate the "efficient" display that saw the Frenchman score twice for the second straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Recently, Herrera and Matic have been doing those roles respectively which has allowed Pogba to drift into the remaining spaces, and with his impressive vision, allow him to pick out a pass which moves the team forward.

"It's an efficient game and Paul knows he's at his best when it's an efficient game".

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".

Pogba has been a pivotal part of United's recent revitalisation, scoring four goals and setting up three since Solskjaer took charge, and he feels the whole squad are flying high again. "That's what we need, a team needs to enjoy playing football".

He said: 'Our manager told us on the first day, the best way to win a game when you are in the lead is to keep attacking and this what the club has always been about.

"This is how it was".

He's bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford.

Looking like a completely different team, United played with verve and vigour, and it wasn't long before Pogba's second goal came, this time heading the ball from Ander Herrera's cross.

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"You've got good players, good people, they want to learn, improve".

United made the breakthrough in the fifth minute of the match when Pogba tapped home from close range, but the goal was all about the quality of in-form Rashford.

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.

Solskjaer was full of appreciation for Pogba's performance whilst offering a hint of what he doesn't want to see from the former Juventus midfielder.

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.

Lukaku needed just two minutes to get his name on the scoresheet as the Belgium global turned the ball past Begovic following another excellent Pogba pass.

He was also inches away from completing a hat-trick when Asmir Begovic tipped his shot on to a post.

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