How Solskjaer's high-pressure tactics allow Paul Pogba the freedom to dictate play
- Author: Kyle Peterson Dec 31, 2018,
Dec 31, 2018, 2:09
It's touch, pass, move, and he plays the efficient game, and Paul knows he's at his best when he plays that game.
"We've had a great start and a slightly hard end to the first half of the season that we've just gone through", Howe said. "It is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves", said Pogba. There is still a long way to go but to finish the year like that is handsome.
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. I studied finishing, I studied goals, I studied movement.
What is safe to say, though, is that it is unlikely the team would've scored eight goals in the two games if Mourinho was still in charge.
One supporter even went on to suggest that the Man Utd striker was the best U21 player in the world while another said he should "take a bow" following his stunning "flip flap" skill to set up Pogba.
The Red Devils will be looking for their third win on the trot under Solskjaer and at Old Trafford, they should be considered favorites to earn all three points against the Cherries, who have lost three of their last four PL fixtures. "We are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play". Pogba soon doubled their lead, as he headed home Ander Herrera's sweeping cross.
Rashford was then rewarded for his own excellent attacking display when he was on hand to turn in another cross by Anthony Martial, but Bournemouth was able to respond immediately to pull a goal back before the break.
Victory over Bournemouth would see Solskjaer become only the third United manager to win their first three matches.
Ashley Young narrowly failed to find Nemanja Matic with an early cross, but Solskjaer's side were in front after only five minutes when Pogba struck, touching home from inside the six-yard box after brilliant work from Rashford, who twisted away from Nathan Ake and Diego Rico to cross.
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 win puts United just three points behind fifth-place Arsenal, but they remain eight points outside the Champions League places.