Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester
United stars Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez they should
follow Paul Pogba's example if they are to revive their careers at the club.
Lukaku and Sanchez suffered a dramatic
loss of form in the last months of Jose Mourinho's tempestuous spell in charge
at Old Trafford, while Martial was criticised by the Portuguese coach before
finding his scoring boots.
World Cup winner Pogba was another key
player who became a symbol of the club's decline in the final weeks before
Mourinho's two-and-a-half year tenure came to an end before Christmas.
But the 25-year-old Frenchman has
responded superbly to Solskjaer's first week in charge and made big
contributions to a 5-1 win at Cardiff and 3-1 home victory against
Lukaku missed those games, having been
given 'compassionate leave' by the cub, as did Sanchez who has been sidelined
since late November with a hamstring injury.
Solskjaer says Pogba deserves all the
credit for his return to form.
"I cannot do anything for their
performances on the pitch," said Solskjaer.
"Paul has done it himself. It's
up to them when they get a chance. That's the name of the game as a footballer,
you've got to do it yourself."
Solskjaer, whose side play out-of-form
Bournemouth on Sunday, said he can advise the players but ultimately it is down
to them to change their attitude.
"I gave some guidelines of
course, on expression, freedom of expression, but that's how I've always been
as a manager. You can't tell the players what to do in this position,"
said the 45-year-old Norwegian.
"Just enjoy playing for this
club, that's the best time of your life."
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Pogba's rejuvenated form has certainly
been one of the key factors in Solskjaer's first games in charge, after the
midfielder's much-publicised difficulties with Mourinho.
Solskjaer reiterated that Pogba is the
sort of player United should build a team around.
"He's one of the top, top players
in the world," said Solskjaer.
"Attacking wise, he's done really
well but he's a big lad, can win headers, tackles.
"The attitude has been perfect
and that's key, you should be tired towards the end of every single game.
"He's been top class and we're
looking to build a team around him, of course."
Solskjaer also gave 18-year-old
forward Angel Gomes an outing as a late substitute against Huddersfield and has
repeated his vow to use youngsters in his spell in charge at Old Trafford.
Midfielder Jimmy Garner, who travelled
to Cardiff last week, and forward Mason Greenwood -- both 17 -- are also
prominent in the manager's thoughts.
"As Sir Matt (Busby) once said,
if they're old enough, they're good enough," said Solskjaer.
"We're built on that tradition,
we need young players coming through, it's important in the academy.
"I am looking to bring players
through, we have top talents in the under-18s knocking on the door now.
"We've had a couple of injuries and fatigue has been involved and they're ready to step up."