Solskjaer chooses “excellent” Pogba after the Man Utd victory

The Frenchman’s performance against the Blades pleased his Red Devils boss after a few turbulent weeks off the pitch

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Paul Pogba’s performance in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United on Thursday.

Pogba set Anthony Martial’s goal at Bramall Lane when United became the fourth team in English top flight history to record 10 straight league wins.

Only Alex Telles (96) has had more touches than Pogba (91), while the French international has won three of his six dogfights and secured possession eight times.

United manager Solskjaer praised Pogba, who has been linked with a move away from the Premier League giants.

“We have made a decision. Of course, we know [Pogba’s] force in the air. We knew it was going to be important to us. He has won almost every single header, “he said at a press conference.

“His vision, creativity. Paul has responded very well to the work he is doing. He is in shape now. Excellent performance.”

Marcus Rashford scored twice, on both sides of Martial’s goal, while Mason Greenwood was the only other United player to have more shots.

Solskjaer hopes the trio can consolidate their performance, with Rashford scoring five goals in six Premier League away games this season.

“I don’t think it’s a key to getting them on the pitch, it’s the key to getting them to perform. We need them to kick, to start scoring,” he said.

“We did well without actually shooting. They showed their skills, now we need their consistency. Very happy with all three.”

United, who climbed to sixth in the table, made another slow start as a mistake by Dean Henderson allowed David McGoldrick to open the scoring, with the Sheffield striker also scoring a second late.

Solskjaer was delighted to be on the road with three points, with United just five points behind leaders Liverpool and holding a game.

“I have no frustrations. We got three points from a difficult game, a difficult place. You don’t expect it to be comfortable,” he said.

“The goals we scored were excellent. You have to accept that the opponents have weapons, armor that can hurt you.”

Solskjaer’s men host Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday.