Journalist's verdict on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba's chemistry vs Cardiff

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One game and one win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United's interim boss.

The club legend was a surprise appointment after the sacking of Jose Mourinho this week, but raised two fingers to the doubters with a dramatic 5-1 win over Cardiff City.

Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all wrote their names on the scoresheet, while Jesse Lingard rounded off the rout with a second-half brace.

It's no surprise that Solsjkaer was chuffed with the game and he will have been particularly impressed with the performance of Paul Pogba.

Having come into the 2018-19 season fresh from a successful World Cup, United fans have been left pretty underwhelmed by their star midfielder.

Pogba impresses vs Cardiff

What's more, rumours continued to circulate suggesting he had fallen out with Jose Mourinho, which was seemingly confirmed by a frosty training ground video from September.

However, United supporters are feeling hopeful that the animosity will have followed Mourinho out of Old Trafford and the Cardiff game suggested that was exactly the case.

Pogba was declared the Man of the Match by BBC Sport, produced some incredible passes throughout the game and even showed a closer relationship with his manager.

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Journalist makes Pogba-Solskjaer point

That's certainly the opinion of Samuel Luckhurst anyway, who made a rather interesting observation in the Manchester Evening News and it bodes very well for the Pogba-Solskjaer relationship.

"If ever there was a moment that reflected the transition it came during a stoppage where Solskjaer advised Pogba, who was so attentive and appreciated he ended his personal pep talk by slapping Solskjaer's hand," Luckhurst penned

"There was even a flicker of self-criticism from the Frenchman. There was still a demand for perfectionism. Mike Phelan ended the half swiping at thin air as an attack collapsed carelessly. And he new Pogba includes selflessness, for he stood aside and let Lingard make it 4-1."

After all the drama with Mourinho, it's so reassuring to hear and Pogba seemed to have a newfound swagger during the victory.

And Luckhurst's point about the Pogba-Solskjaer chemistry wasn't the only example in the game as both were seen embracing on the pitch at the full-time.

You get the impression that Pogba needs the right manager and environment for him to show his true quality, and Solskjaer could be the solution.

Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League

The interim manager will invest the kind of trust and belief in the midfielder that Mourinho simply did not.

And although so many factors go into the Pogba situation, showing the kind of care that Solskjaer did on Saturday is the perfect place to start.

Do you think Pogba will come good now Mourinho has left? Have your say in the comments section below.

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