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Dec 30, 2018 at 4.30pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Attendance: 74,556
Man UtdManchester United
4-1
Bournemouth
Pogba (5', 33'), Rashford (45'), Lukaku (72')
Bailly (79')
FT(HT: 3-1)
Ake (45')

Hard-working, efficient, dangerous and no showboating – Solskjaer hails Pogba

Hard-working, efficient, dangerous and no showboating – Solskjaer hails Pogba
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The Frenchman scored twice as Manchester United swept aside Bournemouth.

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on star man Paul Pogba after inspiring Manchester United to another comprehensive win.

The exciting start to the post-Jose Mourinho era continued on Sunday as United took their return to 12 goals and nine points from three matches in the Norwegian's temporary care.

Pogba scored two goals for the second successive match and set up another in United's 4-1 win over Bournemouth as Solskjaer's belief in a previously marginalised star bears fruit.

"That today is a top, top performance for a midfielder, because it is all round," the caretaker United boss said of the man-of-the-match.

"It's work rate, it's dangerous in the box, he wins headers, he wins tackles and there is no showboating.

"It's touch, pass, move, and he plays the efficient game, and Paul knows he's at his best when he plays that game.

"There was one flick maybe that he missed halfway through the second half that he knows he could have done better with, but there is not a lot else he could have done.

Paul Pogba scored another two goals in the win over Bournemouth (Martin Rickett/PA).
Paul Pogba scored another two goals in the win over Bournemouth (Martin Rickett/PA).

"As I've said to all the players when I speak to them, we want to see the best out of them, we want to see them enjoy themselves and express themselves, within the framework, within how we want the team to play.

"And all of them, they have really, really performed up to the top standards."

Pogba produced a close-range finish in the fifth minute, added a header in the 33rd and then – after Marcus Rashford had made it 3-0 and Nathan Ake replied for Bournemouth – provided the assist as substitute Romelu Lukaku made it 4-1 with 18 minutes to go.

He was also inches away from completing a hat-trick when Asmir Begovic tipped his shot on to a post.

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.

"The way he's gone about this job, playing up top, the work rate he puts in...He's got everything.

"I'm really pleased that he'll get goals. He's scored two now in three games, but his work rate, all the work he puts in, that's a big pleasing thing for me – with the whole team, because we should never be outworked by anyone. And he's the catalyst. I'll have to slow him down at times.

"And the way he made the first goal as well – hold up play, skills, vision to put it in the right area."

United had Eric Bailly sent off for a challenge on Ryan Fraser in the 79th minute and Solskjaer had no complaints about the decision, adding: "Eric won't complain either – he knows he's mistimed that one. It's a rash tackle."

Solskjaer's side are sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while Bournemouth, who have now lost eight of their last 10 top-flight games, are 12th.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: "It was a tough day, a disappointing performance. Defensively we weren't great, with the ball we weren't great."


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