Paul Pogba is Man of the Match in win over Bournemouth

Man United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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31 December, 2018

Against Bournemouth, United is expected to take home another three points against a club it has done very well against in recent years.

A moment of inspiration from Rashford saw Pogba open the scoring early on for the home side, and the pair added further first-half goals to put United in a commanding position.

Bournemouth tightened up after the interval, though United still managed to restore the three-goal cushion in the 72nd minute when Lukaku latched on to Pogba's pass and slotted beyond Begovic shortly after replacing Rashford.

That confidence was more than justified as Pogba was at the heart of most United attacks and he doubled the lead with a header, beating goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to a cross from Ander Herrera by the near post.

Rashford deservedly got in on the act when steering home Anthony Martial's excellent lofted pass, though Ake pulled one back nearly straight away, nodding in a David Brooks cross from close range.

Paul Pogba says Manchester United players are "enjoying themselves" amid interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ideal start and feels they are "coming back" after their underwhelming beginning to the season.

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Starting XI: De Gea (6); Shaw (7), Lindelof (6), Bailly (5), Young (6); Pogba (8*), Matic (6), Herrera (7); Martial (7), Rashford (8), Lingard (6).

STAR MAN - It's no surprise that Paul Pogba was United's standout player on Sunday. 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.

One of the requests that Solskjaer made to his players is that they should improve in possession.

"Yes, it's a rash challenge, Eric knows he doesn't have to do that", Solskjaer said. It was an unnecessary tackle from the Ivorian with United 4-1 up, which will cause a headache for Solskjaer as he must deal without the defender for three games.

Arsenal were humiliated by Liverpool at Anfield last night and therefore, Manchester United have a great chance of closing the gap when they face Bournemouth today.

Bournemouth: The Cherries may be in 12th place, but the team is just a win away from being in seventh.


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