Star returns - Man Utd's strongest possible 4-3-3 XI vs Bournemouth

Calvin Saunders
December 31, 2018

United finished the game with 10 men after Eric Bailly was sent off in the 79th for a late scissor tackle on Ryan Fraser but the hosts still eased to a third straight victory under Solskjaer, who took over from the fired Mourinho earlier this month. "That's how I celebrate my goals". The style of play has been significantly different to that displayed during most of Mourinho's time at the club, and Pogba feels Solskjaer's tactics now have United playing how they want to.

"Marcus Rashford has been different class since I came".

United doubled their lead in the 34th minute, however, when Pogba rose highest inside the Bournemouth box to head a wonderful Herrera cross into the back of the net for his fourth goal in the space of four days.

Two goals in three minutes late in the first half on Sunday helped City end a rare two-match losing run.

Bournemouth nearly got another back, Eric Bailly blocking from King before United made a change, introducing Romelu Lukaku in place of Rashford.

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Jesse Lingard was a whisker away from finding Pogba after United had broken down the left at speed, and Pogba then headed down for Rashford, whose strike ricocheted wide off defender Steve Cook.

"He was always quietly confident, believed in his own ability and even though people think he's a nice guy, he's got an edge to him", the Welshman told MUTV after Solskjaer's United beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Boxing Day.

Indeed, the shackles have been taken off United's attacking players, but the club are still in desperate need of a new centre-back ahead of the opening of the January transfer window. He rarely offered anything going forward from his wing-back role, either.

Marcus Rashford and substitute Romelu Lukaku were also on target for a United side that wasted little time in seizing the initiative against their out-of-form opponents to move three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal.

The unimaginative, stupefyingly boring football which blighted the final months of José Mourinho's tenure has, in just three games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, been replaced by the kind of inventive, buccaneering brand of play once regularly served up by the home side at Old Trafford.

City, who had lost three of four in the league, made a fast start at Saint Mary's Stadium through David Silva, only for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to equalise in the 37th minute.

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