Pogba leads resurgent Man United to 4-1 win over Bournemouth

Posted December 31, 2018

"It's down to the players but when you're at Man United there isn't a lot of greener grass on the other side".

Manchester United Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was raving about Marcus Rashford's performance as the Red Devils thrashed Bournemouth 4-1 at Old Trafford today.

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 Rashford had bewildered the Bournemouth defence. Lukaku replaced the Englishman against Bournemouth and responded with a goal, but the Norwegian's main choice appears to be Rashford. Adding insult to injury, this followed shortly after The Cherries were denied a penalty when Charlie Daniels' face fell foul of a high kick by Eric Bailly in the penalty area.

Our influential no.6 picked up 84 per cent of the votes in a poll voted for by fans in our official app, after scoring two goals and assisting another in what was an all-action, accomplished display.

This, though, was not a day to talk about United's defensive inadequacies.

"For me, I would hope I can help or guide these players to maybe tip them over to thinking they want to stay at this club". But the team remain defensively weak, having kept just two clean sheets so far this season.

The change in mood around United in the 12 days since Mourinho was sacked is palpable, no more so in the performances of Pogba who was discarded from the Portuguese's starting line-up for his final three league games in charge. Speaking after the match he commented on the freedom with which the team were playing, and it's clear how much the Frenchman is enjoying and benefiting from it.

United made the breakthrough in the fifth minute of the match when Pogba tapped home from close range, but the goal was all about the quality of in-form Rashford. His two goals aside, his movement and passing repeatedly caused Bournemouth problems.

United were not finished in the first period, however, and scored their third in the 45th minute when Rashford stretched to turn an excellent Anthony Martial cross into the back of the net. He receives the ball from Pogba on the near side of the box to whip it in the goal.

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.