Midfielder Paul Pogba continued to prove critics wrong with a third man of the match performance in a row when he guided Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to a third consecutive win at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
Having been branded ‘a virus’ by former manager Jose Mourinho in a dressing room tirade before his sacking, Pogba proved critics wrong when he scored a brace and guided the team to a 4-1 win over Bournemouth.
The liberation of the forward trio of Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the wake of Mourinho’s sacking continued apace and with aplomb on an afternoon when an engrossed Old Trafford was again reminded that football played with this sort of pace, poise, purpose and freedom really can be enormous fun.
Scoring twice since the Portuguese tactician’s departure, the French midfielder was on target just five minutes after kickoff when youngster Marcus Rashford flicked past defender Nathan Ake on the right and later bewildered Diego Rico for a low cross that was directed home by Pogba for the hosts’ opener in front of the Stretford End.
Pogba was on target again in the 33rd minute before Rashford and second half substitute Romelu Lukaku added onto the tally for the home side to win their third game in a row since the return of club legend Solskjaer and he became only the third coach to win all three opening games for Manchester United after Sir Matt Basby and Mourinho.
United are still sixth on 35 points, just three below fifth placed Arsenal who were butchered by Liverpool on Saturday.