Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has told midfielder Paul Pogba to play further forward as the Norwegian boss wants to provide the best out of him.
Solskjaer has managed three consecutive wins as the Red Devils have beaten Cardiff, Huddersfield and then Bournemouth.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018
The former United striker has brought the winning spirit back at Old Trafford following crisis time under Jose Mourinho.
Pogba, who had big problems with the Portuguese boss, in one of the United players who benefit the most under the new system.
Asked if his message to the France international has been to play further forward, Solskjaer told MUTV: “Yeah. We want him to attack those spaces because we know what a handful he is in the air.”
“He can also score with his feet, he’s got those long legs – tentacles, you know, the first goal.”
“The most pleasing thing about Paul’s performance today was how well he just managed the game.”
“Touch, pass, move. Touch, pass, move. There’s no skills for the sake of skills. It’s playing an efficient football game. And I thought he was excellent today, with the whole team of course. He can shoot, he can get in the box, he can head it.”
“But most pleasing maybe for me – because I know he’s got all that – is the way he tackles, wins the ball back and plays it simple.”
Paul Pogba’s game by numbers vs. Bournemouth:
100% tackles won
99 passes attempted
86 passes completed
4 shots on target
3 chances created
Another dazzling display. 💫 pic.twitter.com/sl9iR4hUqc
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Speaking after the match, Pogba said: “We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves.”
“It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play.”
“I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 30, 2018
The World Cup winner has scored four and assisted three in three matches since Solskjaer took over from Mourinho.
The 25-year-old’s consecutive braces for the North West side were the first made by United player in the Premier League since Wayne Rooney in 2012.