Paul Pogba steals the show once again under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United beat Bournemouth by four goals to one.
Manchester United seals a perfect ending to the year 2018 with three successive wins in the Premier League. Goals from Paul Pogba (2), Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku helped United defeat Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becomes only the third manager to start his Manchester United career with three successive league wins – the other two being Sir Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho.
Solskjaer’s side has now closed the gap to fifth-placed Arsenal to just three points. The new year looks promising for Manchester United as the fight to secure the position in the top four continues.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Manchester United 4-1 Bournemouth
Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth
Paul Pogba – A different player under Ole?
World-cup winner French star Paul Pogba looks completely new and energetic under the new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His masterclass continues as he hits a brace in his second consecutive match. This is the first time in Pogba’s career that he has scored two goals in back to back matches.
Paul Pogba only managed to score a brace under the previous manager Jose Mourinho. However, he is now enjoying the life under Ole’s management. Manchester United opened the scoring in just five minutes after Paul Pogba scored from a close range after an extraordinary assist by Marcus Rashford. The lead was doubled by Pogba in the 33rd minute, crashing home a near post header after a brilliant whipped cross from Ander Herrera.
Marcus Rashford scored third for the home side after an assist by Anthony Martial. However, the Cherries immediately pulled one back just before the halftime through Nathan Ake’s header. The Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku came on in the second half and had an instant impact after he scored United’s fourth goal just a couple of minutes later.
Eric Bailly was the only blot on United’s copybook when he was sent off for a late challenge on Ryan Fraser. Phil Jones then came off the bench in place of Anthony Martial to strengthen the defensive line.
No Clean Sheet Yet Again
Despite three successive wins, it’s still not all roses for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United have got work to do defensively as they yet again failed to keep a clean sheet. With that being said, it means that United have only kept two clean sheets in the season so far. As impressive as United looked going forward, there were a number of times when the defence looked quite weak and dodgy.
With the January Transfer Window coming, United must look to strengthen their defence. Harry Maguire is still on United’s radar. And it is to be seen if United can manage to secure his signature this winter.