Paul Pogba explains his improvement since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United’s improvement since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager last month has been nothing short of remarkable.

A top-four finish looked beyond the Red Devils after they slumped to their fifth Premier League defeat of the season away at Liverpool on December 16.

However, the revitalised United now find themselves just six points off fourth-placed Chelsea - and level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal - after five league wins in a row.

Solskjaer recorded the most impressive win of his interim spell so far against title hopefuls Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time, with David de Gea keeping United’s clean sheet intact with one of the best individual performances of his career. (You can watch De Gea’s saves HERE).

Paul Pogba set Rashford’s goal up for a wonderful pass. The French midfielder, who won United’s Player of the Month award for December, has looked a completely different player since Solskjaer’s arrival.

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Following the win over Spurs, Pogba conducted an interview with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp and explained why he’s improved so much since Mourinho’s departure.

“I’m enjoying playing football,” he began. “It was really difficult playing in the system we used to play. I like to be more attacking, pressing, playing high - defending is not my best attribute.

“But where [I’m playing now] with the team, we attack and I think my position there is where I feel most comfortable.”


Asked if he’s been given more freedom under Solskjaer, Pogba replied: “Yeah, that’s what the manager has told me: ‘get in the box, get goals - you will score goals if you’re in the box’.

“My best example is Frank Lampard. He’s the one who made those runs and created a lot of chances, he scored a lot of goals.”

That comment may raise a few eyebrows.


The Sun published a report last month in which they claimed Pogba asked Mourinho if Lampard had won the World Cup as he did last summer after the Portuguese coach told the Frenchman to play more like the Chelsea legend.

It seems we can file that story under the ‘nonsense’ category.

Redknapp then asked Pogba if having Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera in deeper positions behind him in midfield has allowed him to flourish.

“Yeah, definitely, that helps me,” he added. “I know Matic will be there, we can press high and when we get the ball I’m already there - I can shoot, I can pass, and that’s what I’ve been doing since [Solskjaer] came.

“I know I have security behind me and freedom to go, so obviously yet [Solskjaer has] helped me.”


If it wasn’t already abundantly clear, Pogba is far happier playing under Solskjaer than he was Mourinho.

The 25-year-old's comments are damning for Mourinho who, for one reason or another, was simply unable to get the best out of the World Cup winner.

Yet here he is under Solskjaer, showing exactly why United broke the world record transfer fee to bring him back to Old Trafford two-and-a-half years ago.

Watch Pogba's post-match interview in full here...

Marcus Rashford
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Ander Herrera
Paul Pogba
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David De Gea
Nemanja Matic
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