‘It was nearly the perfect game’ – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Paul Pogba after masterclass against Bournemouth
Paul Pogba nearly played the ‘perfect game’ during Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth, according to interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Frenchman illuminated Old Trafford with a midfield masterclass, scoring his second consecutive brace as United’s resurgence under Solskjaer continued.
Pogba appears totally transformed and free to express himself following Jose Mourinho’s departure – he now has four goals and three assists in Solskjaer’s opening three games.
And in his manager’s eyes, today’s display was close to perfection.
“We have conversations every day talking about his strengths, what he can improve on, and how I want him to play,” Solskjaer told talkSPORT.
“He wasn’t far off playing the perfect game today.
“It’s not about scoring goals. When you’ve got the skills of Paul, you know that.
“But the way he’s working for the team, his tackling, he plays it simple, just touch-pass, touch-pass.
“There wasn’t anything for show. It’s just great game management.”
Solskjaer has thrown the shackles off United’s talented front-line and another man to benefit is Marcus Rashford.
The England international started through the middle and created Pogba’s opening strike with a dazzling piece of skill, before getting the goal his performance deserved just before half-time.
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He was replaced by Romelu Lukaku, who announced his return by rounding off the scoring within moments of coming on, and Solskjaer highlighted the work ethic of both strikers.
“As strikers you always want to score goals and that gives you confidence.
“We know they’re going to score goals, but when you get the work rate of Marcus, then Romelu comes on and drops back to help defensively – then you know you’ve got a team coming.
“We’re building a team spirit here and I have to say – it’s been fantastic.”
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