It didn’t take long for Paul Pogba to continue his scintillating form, requiring just 14 minutes to break the deadlock against Fulham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made six changes to his starting XI in light of Tuesday’s heavyweight Champions League encounter against PSG, but so crucial has the Frenchman been to Manchester United’s recent upsurge that the Norwegian opted to keep the 24-year-old at the heart of his midfield for the visit to Craven Cottage.
United were sloppy during the early stages as the struggling hosts created several promising opportunities, but Solskjaer’s side burst into life just shy of the quarter hour mark.
Anthony Martial reclaimed possession deep in Fulham territory and located the run of Pogba with a clever reverse pass.
There appeared to be little immediate danger but Sergio Rico was beaten at his near post after Pogba unleashed an explosive shot which left the Spanish goalkeeper completely flat-footed.
The goal was Pogba’s 10th of the Premier League season, meaning he has now hit double figures in a league campaign for the first time of his career, and a staggering 80% of those have come under the interim management of Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho in December.
Pogba appeared destined for the Old Trafford exit door having been stripped of the vice-captaincy and left out of several high-profile matches, including the 3-1 defeat at Anfield which ultimately proved to be Mourinho’s last game in charge.