Solskjaer: Sanchez has a new lease of life at Man United

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Pogba was often lambasted by the media for his lack of work-rate and disappointing performances under Mourinho, but he has returned to form with a bang under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Frenchman's form has improved markedly since Solskjaer was made caretaker boss and he says it is because he has been given license to attack.

Since Mourinho's departure, Pogba's form has spectacularly improved, scoring four goals and setting up as many - including the victor in Sunday's win at Tottenham - in five league games under Solskjaer, and the France worldwide puts it down to being given freedom.

Jesse Lingard had intercepted a pass at the half way line and laid it off for Pogba who passed handsome for Rashford who made no mistake to find the net.

Pogba was left on the bench for Mourinho's final three league games in charge before returning to play a central role under Solskjaer.

"It's a pleasure to see him again", said Pogba.

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"I am enjoying playing football (under Solskjaer)".

"I like to be more attacking, pressing and play high rather than defending".

He added: "The manager told me to get in the box and get goals because I will score if I'm in the box". Rather, by placing Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera alongside in midfield, the former Juventus player has freedom to break forward and cause havoc, as he did in the second half. "And we're winning, so indeed we play with a smile always".

After the match, Rashford hailed Solskjaer for the tactical plan created to hurt Spurs. "This is the real Manchester United".

But, Southgate could now have his head turned by the prospect of managing one of the biggest club teams on the planet, in a shock switch that would deflate a nation, given the enormous impact he's had at the helm of England.

Each of his back four was praised, with De Gea described as the "best in the world" and "now challenging Edwin (van der Sar) and Peter (Schmeichel) for the number one spot" in the pantheon of United's greatest goalkeepers.

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