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Hughton dismisses Paul Ince’s criticism of Solskjaer’s flying start

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record-breaking impact at Manchester United in the wake of dismissive comments from Paul Ince. Norwegian Solskjaer has won six successive games since being appointed United boss, the first person to do so. But former United midfielder Ince has talked down the achievement and claimed “anyone” could have produced the same results following the departure of Jose Mourinho. Hughton, who takes his Albion side to Old Trafford on Saturday, feels Ince’s assessment of the situation is unfair. “I don’t think just anybody could have gone in and had the record that he has now,” said Hughton. “I think you have to give him credit for that. In whatever way he has done that – and I don’t know what way that is – he’s got results. “They haven’t l...

Paul Pogba tells Manchester United to keep the winning feeling going

Paul Pogba has urged Manchester United to prove they have the characteristics of a big team by continuing their perfect record under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United have won all six matches since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, including a 1-0 victory against Tottenham at Wembley last weekend. Pogba believes the next step on United’s mission to return to the top of the English game is to prove they can sustain the form they have showed. “It’s not easy but that makes a big team, when they carry on at the top level and keep winning for a long time. That’s what we want,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “We are proud to be here, we want to come back to the top and now we get good results. “We have a new manager, we want to do good, he wants to do good. Now the big chal...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘to build Manchester United team around Paul Pogba’

A report claims that Paul Pogba’s form has improved since being informed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Manchester United’s team will be built around him. Paul Pogba has reportedly been told by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he will be Manchester United‘s focal figure for as long as the Norwegian is in charge. The 25-year-old has showed glimpses of his best form since Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dugout in December, scoring four goals and setting up four more in five appearances. That is in stark contrast to a run of seven games without a goal or assist in Mourinho’s final weeks in charge, at which point Pogba was in and out of the side. According to The Sun, there is no risk of the France international dropping back down to the bench anytime ...

Premier League Team of the Week – Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba, David de Gea

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 22, including Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba, David de Gea and three Chelsea players. The gap at the top of the Premier League table remains four points after gameweek 22 as Liverpool‘s 1-0 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion was followed up by a 3-0 win for Manchester City against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It looks like developing into a two-horse title race once again, though, with Tottenham Hotspur falling to a costly defeat at home to Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extended his 100% start at the helm. United now sit level on points with Arsenal after the Gunners were beaten by West Ham United on Saturday lunchtime, and both sides sit six points behind Chelsea, who beat Newcastle United this weekend. Hud...

Paul Pogba is loving life at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he is “always smiling” under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba endured a difficult relationship with former boss Jose Mourinho, who left him on the bench for the defeat at Liverpool in December, in what turned out to be the Portuguese’s final match in charge. The France international has been rejuvenated since Solskjaer, who coached Pogba at United’s academy, came in and gave him freedom to perform. That has seen him score four goals and provide four assists, the latest of which was a fine ball for Marcus Rashford to bag the winning goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham. Pogba believes he has “come out of the shadows” and is loving life under the Norwegian. “Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepte...

Paulo Dybala: ‘I want to play with Paul Pogba again’

Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala says that he is desperate to play alongside Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba once again. Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala has revealed that he is desperate to play with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba once again. Dybala joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 and played alongside Pogba in Turin for one season before the France international returned to United in the summer of 2016. Pogba has been strongly linked with a return to Juventus in recent months and Dybala has said that he wants to again operate in the same team as the World Cup winner. “I’d always like to play with someone of his level. Whatever decision he makes, I always wish him the best of luck,” Dybala told La Joya. Pogba has had a new lease of life at United since O...

Report: Manchester United considering Paul Pogba, Douglas Costa swap

A report claims that Manchester United will consider offloading Paul Pogba to former club Juventus if Douglas Costa is offered in return. Manchester United have asked Juventus for Douglas Costa in return for Paul Pogba, according to a report. The French midfielder has returned to form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as United manager in December, scoring four goals and assisting two more in four appearances. Despite his recent displays, however, Pogba is still said to be interested in a return to former club Juventus at the end of the season. According to the Tuttosport, the Serie A champions will look to pursue the World Cup winner again in the summer, and they could sanction the move of Costa in the opposition direction to ensure that they land their man. Pogba won four...

Paul Merson: ‘Fernandinho has to be replaced’

Paul Merson believes that bringing in a defensive-midfield replacement for Fernandinho should be a priority for Manchester City this winter. Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has urged Manchester City to replace Fernandinho “very quickly” due to concerns over the ageing midfielder. The Citizens’ loss of form has coincided with the 33-year-old’s absence from the side, having missed the defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City through a thigh injury. City have no obvious like-for-like replacement for Fernandinho in the engine room, which Merson believes is a serious problem that the champions must rectify as a matter of priority. “If he doesn’t play, they haven’t got anybody to replace him,” he told Sky Sports News. “They’ve g...

Premier League Team of the Week – Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 19, including Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and three players apiece from Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. The 2018-19 Premier League season reached its halfway stage this week as the penultimate gameweek of the calendar year threw up goals galore and a couple of surprise results. Liverpool saw their lead at the top grow to six points courtesy of their 4-0 win over Newcastle United, with Manchester City dropping down to third following defeat to Leicester City. Tottenham Hotspur are now the leaders’ closest challengers having made it 11 goals in two games with a 5-0 win over Bournemouth, while Everton also hit five in their victory at struggling Burnley. Manchester United continued their recent revival by beating Huddersfie...

Manchester United ‘have no intention of selling Paul Pogba’

Manchester United reportedly have no plans to sell midfielder Paul Pogba in either of the next two transfer windows. Manchester United have reportedly decided that Paul Pogba will not leave the club during the next two transfer windows. Pogba has endured a mixed spell with United since returning to Old Trafford in 2016, and the France international has been frequently linked with an exit from the North-West giants. However, according to The Telegraph, United’s hierarchy view Pogba as an important player and an asset off the pitch, and will not look to part ways with the 25-year-old. Pogba had found himself in and out of the team under Jose Mourinho, but the exit of the Portuguese has resulted in a recall under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United could potentially look to tie ...

Nemanja Matic: ‘Paul Pogba can be better’

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic insists that Paul Pogba can still make a difference with his play. Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has insisted that Paul Pogba can still improve as a player. Pogba was left out of the starting lineup during Jose Mourinho‘s final days in charge of United, but he has provided two assists and two goals since Mourinho’s departure last week. Solskjaer has now won two games from two in interim charge, but Matic believes that he still has more to offer during the second half of the season. “He’s very important for us. When he plays at his best, he can make the difference in every game. He played very well today, but I think that he can do even more,” he told reporters. “Slowly, game by game. Today was very ...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Paul Pogba after two-goal display at Old Trafford

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying watching Paul Pogba play with a smile on his face after the midfielder scored a brace in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield. United made it two wins from as many matches since sacking Jose Mourinho and bringing in Solskjaer last week. Pogba was restored to the starting line-up under the Norwegian and has shone in both the 5-1 win at Cardiff and the Boxing Day success against Huddersfield. Solskjaer – who previously worked with Pogba when he managed United’s reserves – was asked about the smile that had been seen on the Frenchman’s face and said: “That’s the Paul I know, the Paul I have known since he was in the reserves and in the youth team. “He’s always been a happy boy, he’s always had a big smile on his face and when you scor...

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