Pogba Gets Another Double As Solskjaer Extends Perfect Start

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 30, 2018 Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Bournemouth's Andrew Surman REUTERS/Phil Noble

The re-born Paul Pogba scored twice on Sunday as Manchester United beat Bournemouth 4-1 to make it three wins in a row for caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It was the second time the France midfielder was scoring since Jose Mourinho’s departure from the club who are now in sixth place.

After emphatic wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town, the manner of the victory was further evidence of the return of attacking football under Solskjaer.

It also showed the liberated way in which the players are performing, and none seem to be relishing their football again more than 2018 FIFA World Cup winner Pogba.

He has netted four of the 12 goals which rejuvenated Manchester United have scored in the three matches since their former Norwegian striker took the reins.

It took Pogba just five minutes to strike, sliding the ball in at the back post after a wonderful piece of dribbling and a precise low cross from Marcus Rashford.

The Frenchman, who scored twice against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, then burst into the box to head home an Ander Herrera cross from deep to make it 2-0.

“It is different, we still won games with the old manager. But it is just a different style of playing,” said Pogba.

“We are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play. I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple.”

Not only was Pogba appearing in more advanced positions but he looked to be back to his confident self on the ball, strutting while in possession and constantly looking to create.

There was real class about Manchester United’s third, in the 45th minute.

Anthony Martial delivered a low cross with the outside of his boot and Rashford guided it home off the outside of his outstretched foot.

Bournemouth pulled a goal back in stoppage-time at the end of the first half though.

That was when David Brooks skipped around the Manchester United defence and placed a cross on the head of Nathan Ake who nodded past David De Gea.

Romelu Lukaku made it 4-1, two minutes after coming on as a 70th minute substitute, latching on to a Pogba through ball and hooking the ball past the advancing Asmir Begovic.

Pogba was inches away from a hat-trick with a low drive from 20 yards out that struck the post.

The relaxed and positive mood was slightly undone by a wild lunge in the 79th minute from Manchester United defender Eric Bailly on Ryan Fraser.

The Ivorian was rightly shown a straight red card.

“In the first half we attacked the game with a high tempo and high energy, but the response to their goal was great. We managed the game much better than against Huddersfield,” said Solskjaer.

“We are still looking for a clean sheet — you can’t switch off for one second in this league.

“It’s a very very good performance, the crowd was enjoying it. But now Newcastle United, the next one, is a different kind of test.”

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