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Manchester United end 2018 with another win

Manchester United end 2018 with another win

Once more answering his critics, should there be any left after some great performances since the departure of Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba gave his team the early lead in the fifth minute, ably assisted by the tremendous footwork of Marcus Rashford. The reaction of all the players, everybody enjoying themselves, that's all we need. "We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is lovely", said the French World Cup victor.

The French World Cup victor played a part in four of United's five goals at Cardiff last weekend to get Solskjaer off to a flying start before scoring twice against Huddersfield on Boxing Day. The style of play has been significantly different to that displayed during most of Mourinho's time at the club, and Pogba feels Solskjaer's tactics now have United playing how they want to.

A lightning United start brought the breakthrough after just five minutes - Rashford squirming past Ake out wide before skilfully beating Diego Rico, allowing him to play a teasing ball across the face of goal for Pogba's simple finish.

Perhaps then they were happier after Bailly was sent off in the 79th minute for a reckless tackle, though it did nothing to alter the score line as United played on with the verve and vigour seen so far under the caretaker manager.

- Paul Pogba has scored four goals in his three Premier League appearances under Solskjaer, as many as he had in his previous 20 under Mourinho. "That's how we want to play, we want to attack, the manager wants to attack, and that's what we do on the pitch".

"Marcus Rashford has been different class since I came".

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The roles were reversed 10 minutes later when this time Pogba's header teed up Rashford for a powerful strike that was deflected just behind.

Rashford has been the starting striker under Solskjaer in all three games.

"Eric Bailly knows it's a rash challenge [for his red card] but the boys are excited and want to win the ball back and sometimes you mistime challenges".

The late dismissal for Bailly - who was shown a straight red for a wild lunge on Ryan Fraser - was a blemish for United, but it had little impact on the outcome.

Manchester United were outstanding on Sunday afternoon, and deserved the three points despite occasionally looking shaky in defence.

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