Man Utd boss Solskjaer explains Paul Pogba plan and how he helped Harry Maguire vs Chelsea


PAUL POGBA has the ability to do “everything a midfielder can do”, and showed that by dropping deep against Chelsea to help new signing Harry Maguire, according to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Paul Pogba put in a brilliant performance in Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Frenchman registered two assists at Old Trafford as United thrashed the Blues 4-0.

Pogba’s delightful lofted ball set up Marcus Rashford for the striker to net his second goal of the game with 20 minutes left to play.

Picking the ball up within his own half, Pogba launched the ball perfectly over the Chelsea defence and into Rashford’s path, and the youngster had time to get the ball under control before placing his shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

The second assist was just as impressive, as he set up Daniel James for a goal on his debut.

Pogba collected the ball inside his own half before playing a one-two with Anthony Martial, before making a charging run towards goal, slipping in James at the last moment. 

The 21-year-old Welsh youngster dummied a shot before his effort was deflected past Arrizabalaga.

And after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the 26-year-old, who had been tipped to leave the club over the summer.

“He’s a top, top lad and such a pro and loves playing football and when he gets onto that pitch or behind closed doors, he grows more here (at Old Trafford), he’s a World Cup winner,” he said.

“He’s come so far in his career and there’s no point letting yourself down. 

“He lost it a couple of times but that doesn’t matter. Get on the ball and play.

“Paul can do many many many jobs, he can do an attacking midfield job and today he’s more of a link player.

“When you’ve got (Victor) Lindelof, (Harry) Maguire and David (de Gea) at the back, they can feed Paul the ball, so he’ll get it in good positions.

“Paul can do everything a midfielder can. 

“Today, he was asked to play that sitting role and in the first half, I thought Chelsea pegged us too much back so he had to do loads of running.

“But we’re fit and he’s fit and that is a fantastic pass for the third goal and the run for the fourth, I just wanted him to go all the way.”


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