Manchester United secured a third successive win in the Premier League on Sunday after they overcame Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth by a comfortable 4-1 scoreline at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba was once more the leading performer with two goals and an assist, thereby helping his team stay aloft in the pursuit of the final Champions League qualification spot.
Two things we learned:
Paul Pogba finally excelling under Ole: Pogba’s future with United had been the general discussion topic during Jose Mourinho’s reign earlier in the campaign after the duo were involved in a couple of training ground bust-ups. Moreover, the Frenchman came to the point of being linked with a winter departure of Old Trafford until the manager was sacked from the helm. Since then, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has featured the Frenchman regularly in advanced central attacking midfield role and the move has paid dividends with Pogba contributing a goal or an assist in each of the previous three games under his tutelage. The ex-Juventus man has notched four goals and three assists under Ole’s guidance when compared to the meagre tally of three goals and three assists in the 14 league matches prior to that.
Manchester United maintain top four pursuit: United have been behind the eighth ball in the chase for the top four this term but they have found some momentum after bagging three successive league wins. A rival supporter can indicate that they have been assisted with an easier schedule under Ole but they are nonetheless doing the business with comfortable wins which was barely the case with Mourinho at the helm of things. United have closed the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to just eight points during the festive period and it remains to be seen whether they can sustain the winning run when they come against a team like Tottenham Hotspur, given their struggles against the elite this term. United have the worst tally against the previous season’s top six with just two draws from five matches.
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