Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s positive start to life as Manchester United’s caretaker manager continued as his side eased to victory over Huddersfield at Old Trafford.
Nemanja Matic prodded United into the lead in the first half, converting after Victor Lindelof’s header was palmed weakly away by Jonas Lossl, before Paul Pogba bagged twice in the second half.
Huddersfield pulled one back when Mathias Jorgensen netted from a set piece, but the Terriers were generally poor throughout.
Paul Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has been a major talking point this season but the World Cup winner was allowed more freedom on Wednesday, with both Nemanja Matic and Fred deployed behind him
And the tactical decision by Solskjaer to play Pogba further forward paid off as the former Juventus midfielder got himself on the end of Ander Herrera’s pass, firing in at the near post before grabbing his second, hammering home from just outside the area.
United generally moved the ball quickly, a plan that suits Pogba’s characteristics, and the Red Devils will be confident of closing the gap on their top four rivals if they can get more performances from their talisman like this one.
Pogba now has five goals and five assists in the league, a decent haul but statistics that he’ll be looking to improve on as we enter the second half of the season.