January 18, 2019 / 7:28 AM / 6 months ago

Pogba praises Solskjaer for revitalising United's attack

Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United v Manchester United - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - January 2, 2019 Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shakes hands with Paul Pogba at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

(Reuters) - Manchester United have rediscovered their attacking verve under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, midfielder Paul Pogba has said.

Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and has made the most successful start by any manager in the club’s history, winning his first six games in all competitions.

The 45-year-old has abandoned the stifling defensive approach favoured by Mourinho and tried to reinstate the free-flowing football that was the hallmark of United’s most successful sides under Alex Ferguson.

“The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go,” Pogba told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

“We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure. That makes it easier for everyone.”

Pogba, who was often asked to fill an unfamiliar defensive midfield role under Mourinho, has been granted greater attacking freedom by the Portuguese’s successor and has responded with four goals and four assists in his last five matches.

Pogba also credited the form of goalkeeper David de Gea for their recent run.

“He’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in the world and when we need him he is there,” Pogba said.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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