Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has openly heaped praise on his midfielder Paul Pogba during his side’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.
The Red Devils have sealed their sixth consecutive win since Solskjaer took over from sacked Jose Mourinho last month.
Paul Pogba’s last 5 PL appearances
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Marcus Rashford has netted his seventh Premier League goal of the season just one minute before the break. But United goalkeeper David de Gea has been a rock as he denied the Spurs to score at least one goal.
Norwegian boss Solskjaer, who admits Pogba’s pass was half of the goal, was also delighted with his other attacking stars.
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“Results-wise, to come away here and beat Tottenham is fantastic,” the 45-year-old said.
“We hung on in the second half and we never got to grips with it when they changed the system, but you are allowed to have a good goalkeeper.”
“When you have the pace of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and the cleverness of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, the plan was to attack with pace.”
“Marcus took his goal brilliantly and the pass from Paul was half of the goal.”
“We have seen Spurs play and we thought that would be the right plan and it’s good we have different plans for different teams.”
“I thought we showed we were here to compete, in particular, the first half.”
Meanwhile, former Tottenham and Liverpool striker Robbie Kean has revealed that he is happy to see Paul Pogba moving further forward under Solskjaer.
“This is what the manager told me to do, he told me to get into the box. The best example for me is Frank Lampard.”
– Paul Pogba on making forward runs and getting into the box pic.twitter.com/DxXMV6siN9
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“It’s clear to see that [he’s enjoying his football],” Keane said.
“I’m glad he said that. He’s better further forward. We’ve been saying that for a long time.”
“I don’t think he is disciplined enough to play as a holding midfielder.”
“He’s not a Pirlo. He’s not going to sit there, spread it and start the play. He likes to have the ball, playing in the box.”
“When he’s getting at people, getting in people’s faces, when he has time to spread it higher up the pitch – not deeper – (he excels).”
“We’ve seen it in his last few games up to the pitch.”