A resurgent Paul Pogba scored a second half double to keep Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Huddersfield, whilst keeping them in the hunt for a top four place. It also saw interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer to make it two from two in his first game in charge at Old Trafford.
An uninspiring first half performance by both teams gave the fans little to be excited about until with both sides missing good opportunities to take the lead, United opened the scoring shortly before the half hour mark. Victor Lindelöf’s header being well saved by Huddersfield keeper Lossel only for the ball to fall to Nemanja Matic who poked the ball in at the far post to record his first goal since March, last season.
This seemed to wake the visitors up slightly and after the break they should have found themselves level, only for David de Gea to mesmerise the crowd with a fantastic save to deny Laurent Depoitre.
The save was a turning point in the game as United quickly went from narrowly being level to having a two goal advantage as they were quickly back on the attack and when Rashford broke down the right, he cut the ball inside to Juan Mata, before finding Ander Herrera who set up Pogba for United’s second of the game.
The goal all but finished of a Valant Huddersfield side and when Pogba scored again 12 minutes later, finding the inside near post, United could breathe knowing the job was done.
With United now scoring 3 or more in the last two games and without two of arguably their first choice strikers in Romelu Lukaku and Alex Sanchez, Solskjaer would have been hoping for a rare clean sheet for the Red devils and unfortunately the new boss will have to wait at least one more game as Mathias Jorgensen was allowed to score a late consolation goal with minutes remaining after he reacted quickest to Steve Mounie’s knock down to poke the ball past dg Gea.
After the game, Solskjaer was placed with his side’s performance, noting De Gea’s save as the turning point and the performance of Pogba who certainly looks a different player over the past two games.
The interim coach speaking to sky sports in his interview after the match;
“That [De Gea save] was the defining moment of the game. It was one of the best saves I have ever seen. That was a big, big moment for us.
“He [Pogba] has got the attributes for scoring and got a few assists last game. I was very pleased for him today. Paul is the same, he loves football and loves to go forward he has a big, big smile, and I have enjoyed working with him.”
United’s next game will be against Bournemouth at old Trafford on Sunday in their last game of 2018, while Huddersfield Town will travel to the premier leagues bottom side Fulham.
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