News24 – FIVE THINGS YOU MISSED AT OLD TRAFFORD


Paul Pogba provided proof – if it was needed – that his confidence was fully restored by displaying his goal celebration in the pre-game warm-up – and then scoring after four minutes Sir Alex Ferguson was back at Old Trafford again, while Marcus Rashford demonstrated his growing influence on the side with yet another assist  Here, Sportsmail brings you six things that may have passed you by as Manchester United ran riot at Old Trafford   PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR PAUL POGBA Most players spend the warm-up preparing for the match ahead, perhaps doing some shooting drills and defensive organisation As should be expected, Paul Pogba took a slightly different approach ahead of the clash at Old Trafford The in-form Frenchman found time to demonstrate his planned goal celebration – three jumps forwards and a wiggle of the hips with his arms crossed – to his teammates His preparation was worthwhile, as he tapped in the opener after just four minutes, before doubling the lead on 33 minutes    OLD FRIENDS BECOME FOES Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick renewed acquaintances before their respective clubs faced off on Sunday afternoon The pair spent four-and-a-half years in West Ham’s first team together, before teaming up again at Tottenham between 2004 and 2006 Carrick moved to Manchester United that year, and would spend 12 years there as a player before retiring at the end of last season he is now a first-team coach at Old Trafford.Defoe, 15 months the junior at 36, is still playing although he has been restricted to just four Premier League appearances for Bournemouth so far this season    POGBA CONTINUES REVIVAL AT OLD TRAFFORD Having managed just three goals in 14 league games under Jose Mourinho this season, Paul Pogba has now managed four in only three matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer His first-half double against the Cherries means he has seven league goals this season – his best return since moving to Old Trafford in 2016 He is also the first player to score consecutive doubles for the club since Wayne Rooney in December 2012    MARCUS MAKES LIGHT WORK OF BOURNEMOUTH Within the opening minutes of the clash, Marcus Rashford had dazzled and danced his way past Nathan Ake and Diego Rico to lay the opening goal on a plate for Paul Pogba In doing so, Rashford continued a productive season that has seen him register as many assists by December as the past three season combined The Wythenshaw-born striker now has six assists this season, having managed two in 2015-16, one in 2016-17: and three last season   ALL SMILES FOR SIR ALEX Since recovering from a brain haemorrhage in May, Sir Alex Ferguson has occasionally been spotted watching his former club His smile seemed the broadest yet as he watched his former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lead the club to a third straight victory in swashbuckling style The Scot will surely be delighted at the return to the brand of entertaining, attacking football he personified during his 27-year tenure    SOLSKJAER SETS SIDE ON SCORING SPREE Much has been made of the hosts upturn in fortunes under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, yet the facts speak for themselves  Jose Mourinho left Manchester United with a goal difference of zero. Under Solskjaer, in just three games, that has risen to nine In fact, the 45-year-old has overseen 12 goals since taking charge.That equates to 29 2% of the club’s Premier League goals this season – with Mourinho’s side scoring 29 in 17 matches  

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