Positivity - Luke Shaw Outlines The Main Difference Solskjaer Has Brought To United

Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were a part of the Manchester United side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2011

"It's just a reaction of all the players, everybody enjoying themselves". There is still a long way to go but to finish the year like that is handsome.

He said: 'Our manager told us on the first day, the best way to win a game when you are in the lead is to keep attacking and this what the club has always been about.

It wasn't a flawless day for United - they had defender Eric Bailly sent off for a reckless challenge later in the second half. "That's what we need, a team needs to enjoy playing football".

A lightning United start brought the breakthrough after just five minutes - Rashford squirming past Ake out wide before skilfully beating Diego Rico, allowing him to play a teasing ball across the face of goal for Pogba's simple finish.

Pogba scored twice for the second successive game as United crushed Bournemouth 4-1 at Old Trafford to give their top-four hopes another shot in the arm going into 2019. One of many United players who looked lost under Mourinho, Pogba was at the heart of all that was good about this United display. It's the maligned fullback's umpteenth renaissance at Old Trafford, but nobody was more maligned and criticised by Mourinho over the last couple of years than Shaw.

One supporter even went on to suggest that the Man Utd striker was the best U21 player in the world while another said he should "take a bow" following his stunning "flip flap" skill to set up Pogba. "We are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play".

0:41                                            Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot believes Paul Pogba has brought energy and happiness back to Old Trafford
0:41 Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot believes Paul Pogba has brought energy and happiness back to Old Trafford

Pogba has impressed in all three of those contests - across which the Red Devils have scored 12 times - having been restored to the starting line-up by Solskjaer.

A moment of inspiration from Rashford saw Pogba open the scoring early on for the home side, and the pair added further first-half goals to put United in a commanding position. So this is how we want to play, we want to attack, the manager wants to attack.

Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when his low strike from the edge of the box came off the woodwork.

The late dismissal for Bailly - who was shown a straight red for a wild lunge on Ryan Fraser - was a blemish for United, but it had little impact on the outcome.

Manchester United now head into the new year in sixth place in the Premier League table and three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal.

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