French international Paul Pogba took a swipe at former trainer Jose Mourinho by declaring that Manchester United were player under a tactician who “wants to attack”.
After bagging a brace, the midfielder claimed that his teammates feel liberated under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“It’s different. We still won some games with the old manager – it’s just a different style of play,” Pogba said.
“We are more offensive, we create more chances, play higher. So, this is how we want to play. We want to attack, the manager wants to attack.
“Maybe we have just realised that we are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league. You’ve seen the reaction of the players. Everyone is enjoying themselves and that’s what we need.”
Solskjaer in turn praised Pogba’s performance and said he was pleased to see there was “no showboating”.
“That is a top, top performance from a midfielder – its work rate, headers, winning tackles, no showboating and its touch, pass, move,” he said.
“He’s at his best when he plays that game. There was maybe one flick he could have done better with, but not a lot else.”
Asked if he had told Pogba to cut out the showboating, which became a source of serious irritation for Mourinho, Solskjaer added: “No, as I’ve said to all the players, we want to see the best out of them within the framework of how we want the team to play and all of them really performed up to the top standards.”
Solskjaer also had words of praise for his striker for the match Marcus Rashford.
“I’m delighted for him. He’s coming on and will be a top, top player. The way he’s gone about the job, the work rate he puts in. I said it the other day, he’s got everything.
“I’m really pleased when you get goals – he’s got two now in three games. His work rate – that’s a big pleasing thing for me. We shouldn’t be outworked by anyone. He’s the catalyst.”
Yesterday’s victory, which followed the 5-1 win at Cardiff and 3-1 success over Huddersfield, Solskjaer became the third man to win his first three league games in charge of United, after Matt Busby and Mourinho.
Solskjaer added: “They’ve created some great chances today and some fantastic attacking football at times and it’s pleasing. That’s what the fans want to see, that’s what we want to see, and I think the players are enjoying themselves.”
Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “It was a tough day, a disappointing performance. Defensively we weren’t great, with the ball we weren’t great.”