Gary Lineker sends message to Jose Mourinho after Man United beat Fulham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The result at Craven Cottage - a 10th win out of 11 for Solskjaer - lifted United into the top four for the first time since August.

Martial then picked the ball up in his own half, danced away from Fulham's defense and finished off calmly for United's second, as the Red Devils were 2-0 up early in the game.

Manchester United chief Woodward watched on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered his side to a tenth win from 11 outings under his management.

While Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain is now the focus of United's attention, the sight of Woodward and Glazer talking Solskjaer's agent Jim Solbakken will fuel rumours that the Norwegian is edging closer to being appointed as the club's next permanent manager. Fulham remain second from bottom and seven points from safety on 17 points.

That goal came after the hosts nearly took the lead themselves in the first minute, with Luciano Vietto firing wide after being set up by Andre Schurrle.

It was Pogba's seventh goal since Solskjaer took charge, underlining how the France star has come out of his shell following the departure of his nemesis Mourinho.

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"I don't really like to compare players, but I know that Paul is in good form, in a good place at the moment", Solskjaer said.

Yet Pogba was reduced to the role of admiring spectator for once when his compatriot Martial doubled United's lead in the 23rd minute.

Ryan Babel, in particular, was often guilty of taking a series of bad first-touches, which robbed Fulham of the opportunity of initiating numerous counter attacks while Luciano Vietto also missed a golden opportunity in the very first minute of the game.

Fulham had thrown too many players forward and they were ruthlessly punished.

Anthony Martial's goal in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Fulham drew comparisons with a similar strike by Cristiano Ronaldo at the same end in 2007.

United piled on the misery for Ranieri in the 65th minute.

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