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Lingard: Solskjaer has brought back the Pogba I used to know

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Lingard hails Solskjaer for bringing the best out of Pogba

Manchester United have got themselves back to winning ways under their caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the former club legend inspiring the Red Devils to three consecutive victories against Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth.

United have played some free-flowing attacking football under Solskjaer, scoring as many as 12 goals in their last three games and Paul Pogba has been one of the driving forces behind the club’s resurgence in the Premier League.

Pogba made the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier in the season, with his strained relationship with Jose Mourinho coming under scrutiny time and again. He was barely used towards the end of the Mourinho era but the Frenchman has really come into his own following the managerial change at Old Trafford, scoring 4 goals in the last 2 games.

And Jesse Lingard hails Solskjaer for bringing the best out of star man Pogba.

“I can definitely, definitely, see the Paul I used to know,” Lingard said. “I have seen him playing through the ranks and he is back to that player, the player we know.

“Paul’s enjoying his football. He’s playing in the role he likes to play in just inside, off the left. He has the freedom to make things happen. He has always got forward in that position and scored goals.

“Ole has helped him 100 per cent. He has given him the confidence and licence to be free, to play his game and do what we know he can.”

Lingard also credited Solskjaer for the mentality he has instilled in a short space of time as well as the Norwegian’s man-management skills.

“When we score one goal we want more,” he added. “We want to play with a lot of energy and attacking football. Early goals are important because then the confidence flows and we have the mentality to go on and beat teams four or five-nil.

“Ole’s great one-on-one with players. It’s great man-management. He will always speak to you and tell you what to do.

“He knows what kind of a player I am. When I am on the right wing he likes me to come inside and make things happen. He gives me licence and freedom to do that. He’s very special. He knows where Man United has to be and that is at the very top.”

 

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