Pogba dazzles as Man United batter Fulham

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Pogba dazzles as Man United batter Fulham

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer smiles before the Premier League match with Fulham at Craven Cottage in London February 9, 2019.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has launched a thinly-veiled jibe at Jose Mourinho by stating that caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is "not acting" and is "giving joy to everyone".

A double from Paul Pogba and another from Anthony Martial ensured that Manchester United came away with an emphatic 3-0 win over Fulham.

Fulham, he said, had given his side a few scares in the opening 10 minutes - but then United took control.

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.

And Solskjaer agreed the defeat of Claudio Ranieri's side was the flawless 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".

While Matic offered the physical presence as well as the aggression in the holding midfield role, it was Herrera, who recycled the ball and rotated possession numerous times throughout the course of the game.

"I've just spoken to him outside", he said. Pogba is the captain in everything but name, the leader in the dressing room and on the pitch. Who I meet and when I meet people is not really up for me to tell. It's the whole team, it's us together.

"We are trying to put the team forward to put players in positions where they can hurt teams".

Fulham had more than one opportunity to claw their way back into the game this afternoon.

And with the team looking revitalized under Solskjaer's stewardship, optimism is rising as United prepare to welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford in the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League next week.

"It's the next (game) so it's the biggest one - the next one is always the biggest one".

Asked if it was the biggest challenge of his managerial career so far, he answered with an equal mix of caution and enthusiasm.

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