Pogba reflects on win over Fulham at Craven Cottage

Pogba reflects on win over Fulham at Craven Cottage

Pogba reflects on win over Fulham at Craven Cottage

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial both scored superb goals in the first half, as Fulham just couldn't cope with United's rapid counter attacks.

Anthony Martial's stunning solo goal and a Paul Pogba brace propelled Manchester United into the top four for the first time since the opening weekend of the season as embattled Fulham's plight worsened.

After sweeping Fulham aside with a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday for their 10th win in 11 matches under the Norwegian, he found it hard not to praise his team to the skies.

Ahead of their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain, United made six changes to their lineup and the players who did appear on the pitch didn't skip a beat.

The victory over Fulham was Manchester United's sixth consecutive league win on the road and a lot of fans are particularly buzzed by the fact that the club is now in the top four.

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United doubled their lead on 23 minutes when Martial showed shades of Cristiano Ronaldo's famous late victor at Craven Cottage in 2007.

Fulham's continued defensive problems were underlined by Le Marchand's display.

Playing with a four-man backline, Ranieri's men held tight until United deviated from the script for the first time in the 14th minute.

Fulham were rattled and nine minutes later Martial showed just why they were right to have been concerned about him.

Ryan Babel, in particular, was often guilty of taking a series of bad first-touches, which robbed Fulham of the opportunity of initiating numerous counter attacks while Luciano Vietto also missed a golden opportunity in the very first minute of the game.

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Martial accelerated past Maxime Le Marchand and left Denis Odoi trailing in his wake before bending a fine finish into the far corner.

Handball appeals and a deflected Jean Michael Seri attempt was the meek response offered by Fulham, who saw Martial and Jones efforts deflect wide as half-time approached.

Pogba dispatched his penalty with aplomb and United spent the final 25 minutes keeping their powder dry for PSG.

United dominated the second half without exerting themselves.

The hosts, who started the day seven points from safety, looked unlikely to mount any sort of comeback - and the game was put to bed as a contest on 65 minutes when Pogba scored his second from penalty spot after Juan Mata had been fouled in the box.

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Chambers and Aleksandar Mitrovic had chances during a rare Fulham period in the ascendancy, with Ryan Babel somehow hitting the post from close range after substitutes Alexis Sanchez and Scott McTominay went close at the other end.

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