Solskjaer reforms United group to earn third consecutive win

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes it three from three as Manchester United smash Bournemouth Four-1

Paul Pogba scored twice for the second time in 5 days as Manchester United’s revival since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed the sacked Jose Mourinho continued unabated with a Four-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at Previous Trafford.

A 3rd consecutive victory since Solskjaer took caretaker cost till the top of the season retains United eight factors adrift of Chelsea within the combat for a top-four end.

Marcus Rashford additionally shone because the England worldwide’s gorgeous run and cross teed up Pogba’s opener earlier than he scored United’s third.

Nathan Ake pulled a objective again for Bournemouth simply earlier than halftime, however Romelu Lukaku got here off the bench to spherical off the scoring earlier than Eric Bailly was proven a late purple card to go away United to complete with 10 males.

The change in temper round United within the 12 days since Mourinho was sacked is palpable, no extra so within the performances of Pogba who was discarded from the Portuguese’s beginning line-up for his remaining three league video games in cost.

The French World Cup winner performed an element in 4 of United’s 5 targets at Cardiff final weekend to get Solskjaer off to a flying begin earlier than scoring twice towards Huddersfield on Boxing Day.

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Solskjaer has spoken of his want to see Pogba break into the field extra usually and he had the best of duties to prod the ball into an empty internet after Rashford had bewildered the Bournemouth defence.

Ake and Diego Rico have been left overwhelmed by Rashford’s mixture of fleet-footed dribbling and tempo earlier than his cross completely picked out Pogba’s run.

The roles have been reversed 10 minutes later when this time Pogba’s header teed up Rashford for a strong strike that was deflected simply behind.

Nonetheless, in stark distinction to the ultimate days of Mourinho’s tenure, it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than United struck once more and as soon as extra it was Pogba who offered the end with a bullet header from Ander Herrera’s cross.

Not like Pogba, Nemanja Matic was one in all Mourinho’s most trusted lieutenants however the Serbian has additionally epitomised the change in tack orchestrated by Solskjaer with the previous Chelsea midfielder rather more keen to search for a ahead moderately than sideways go.

And Matic started the transfer for United’s third when he picked out Anthony Martial’s run and the Frenchman’s cross with the surface of his boot was turned residence by Rashford.

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For all of the enhancements of late, although, Solskjaer remains to be ready for a primary clear sheet since November as Ake beat Matic to energy residence David Brooks’s cross.

Rashford ought to have added to his tally when put clear via by Pogba, however didn’t get sufficient elevation on his tried chip over Asmir Begovic earlier than making means for Lukaku 20 minutes from time.

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And the Belgian netted virtually immediately when he squeezed the ball previous Begovic on his weaker proper foot from one other Pogba go.

Solely the put up then denied Pogba a primary ever hat-trick when his low strike from the sting of the field got here off the woodwork.

However United needed to see out the ultimate 11 minutes a person mild after Bailly needlessly lunged in on Ryan Fraser to see a straight purple card.

What’s subsequent?

United journey to Newcastle on Wednesday (20:00 GMT) and Bournemouth are at residence to Watford on the identical day (19:45 GMT).


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