Paul Pogba: Manchester United are now playing as they should do - offensively

Paul Pogba: Manchester United are now playing as they should do - offensively

Darren Sullivan
December 31, 2018

"Paul knows he's at his best when he plays an efficient game".

"We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league". But, when Manchester United lose possession, instead of drifting back into our own half and inviting an attack, they instead remain in the opponent's half pressuring their players into making mistakes-something that was key to our town rivals winning the league last season.

The one blemish on United's performance was the late dismissal of Eric Bailly, who was shown a straight red card for a wild lunge on Ryan Fraser.

The French World Cup victor played a part in four of United's five goals at Cardiff last weekend to get Solskjaer off to a flying start before scoring twice against Huddersfield on Boxing Day. "That's how I celebrate my goals".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has truly revitalised the United side who have won three out of three games scoring 11 goals under the Norwegian. The French worldwide wasn't part of the matchday squad which defeated Huddersfield Town 3-1 in what was Solskjaer's first match in charge at Old Trafford.

"Obviously it's different", Pogba said. "We are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play". David Brooks floated a ball into the United box and Ake jumped highest to bury a header past David de Gea.

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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. Pogba soon doubled their lead, as he headed home Ander Herrera's sweeping cross.

Bournemouth nearly got another back, Eric Bailly blocking from King before United made a change, introducing Romelu Lukaku in place of Rashford. So this is how we want to play, we want to attack, the manager wants to attack.

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.

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.

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