Fulham 0 Manchester United 3: Martial and Pogba send Solskjaer’s men fourth

Aubrey Yates
February 10, 2019

The win lifts United into fourth place in the Premier League ahead of a daunting run of fixtures, which includes the first leg of their last-16 tie with PSG, an FA Cup trip to Chelsea and home league game against Liverpool.

In fact, the Red Devils could end the week in the top four, should Chelsea fail to win against Manchester City on Sunday.

Pogba later fired a warning to the chasing pack that they intend "to stay there", adding: "It feels great. There's still a long way to go and we have a lot of big games coming up", he told BBC. "It's a good sign, even though we have to carry on to stay there". Next is Paris St-Germain and then we have to keep trying to get three points in the league'. Martial played his France teammate in and Pogba rifled an effort past goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who would have been disappointed to be beaten at his near post.

And Solskjaer agreed the defeat of Claudio Ranieri's side was the ideal warm-up, telling reporters: "I would have to say so because it's a tough place to come and we gave them the first 10 minutes, maybe played into their hands, some counter-attacks, they put the ball into the box a few times but then, after we scored the first goal, we played a fantastic last 80 minutes".

"The good atmosphere helps the team, and for me, being more in the box gives me more chances to score".

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When he was just about threatening to take the game away, de Grandhomme smacked one straight to covers in skipper Rohit's hands. Replays soon showed a white blot on HotSpot as the ball passed the bat, suggesting an inside edge.

While United's supporters revelled in watching the legendary figure in the dugout mastermind another victory, Fulham's fans booed Claudio Ranieri down the tunnel after the final whistle. It's never about one person when the team is winning games.

"You know he's going to be able to contribute and he will contribute, don't worry about that".

Curiously, it was the wind, which made the ball move weirdly in the air, and not their opponents that took United a while to get used to. The forward started his run just inside his own half as he ignored Odoi's attempts to bring him down, shimmied past Maxime Le Marchand and opened up his body to curl a lovely shot into the far corner.

Ander Herrera stung the palms before Pogba put the game to bed in the 65th minute, scoring from the spot after bumbling Le Marchand was adjudged to have fouled Juan Mata.

Calum Chambers was denied by David De Gea before the break, with the second half just eight minutes old when the natives became restless.

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