Paul Pogba brace leads Manchester United to emphatic win over Bournemouth
- Author: Kyle Peterson Dec 31, 2018,
Dec 31, 2018, 2:05
The first goal was created in fine style by Rashford and Solskjaer had plenty of praise for the 21-year-old England forward, saying: "I'm delighted for him because he's coming on and he'll be a top, top player".
"It's an efficient game and Paul knows he's at his best when it's an efficient game".
Manchester United welcomes Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Sunday in Premier League action as the second half of the season gets underway this weekend.
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. But witnessing the transformation in body language, risk taking, and attacking energy from the talented players on show in the last two games suggests that the new manager has given his team the freedom to go and play in the "The Manchester United Way".
Solskjaer said he hadn't felt the need to tell Pogba to cut out the showboating but clearly believes his message has got through.
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.
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.
It was not all positive for United on the afternoon, however, as Bailly received a straight red card in the 79th minute for a poor challenge on Fraser, which leaves Solskjaer light at the back as Chris Smalling is still on the sidelines.
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). The attacking football that was the club's hallmark under Alex Ferguson is definitely back at Old Trafford and Pogba, the club's record signing, looks completely rejuvenated under the caretaker manager. His two goals aside, his movement and passing repeatedly caused Bournemouth problems.
They are now just three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and looking to claw their way back into the race for a top four finish this season.
WORST PLAYER - In a game of little error, Eric Bailly slightly tarnished United's performance.