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Paul Pogba celebrates scoring for Manchester United
Paul Pogba celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba is now reaching his potential at Manchester United after he scored another two goals to fire his team into the top four.

Pogba scored either side of an Anthony Martial effort to earn a 3-0 win at Fulham in an eighth win out of nine Premier League games under new boss Solskjaer.

After taking over from Jose Mourinho with United 11 points outside the Champions League places, Solskjaer's side now sit in fourth - 11 points off second-placed Manchester City.

Solskjaer praised the performance of Pogba but insisted there was no magic formula to unlocking his potential.

"I have not released those (qualities). He is playing to his potential," Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "We are trying to make a better team and put players in a position where we can hurt teams.

"We know Paul, with his physicality, energy and strength, is going to be a problem for anyone.

"I speak to him like I speak to the other players. It is about getting the best out of everyone but he is definitely responding to the way we do things now.

"They put us under pressure in the first 10 minutes but after we scored I thought we were excellent. The most pleasing thing was in the second half, the way we controlled it.

"We could have had four or five goals, it was different to what we did against Leicester so another improvement."

Pogba wants top four stay

Pogba felt moving back into the top four, even if it was only for a day, would give the team a psychological lift given how far behind they were when Solskjaer took charge in December.

Pogba told Sky Sports: "It feels great. That's what we wanted since Ole came. We talked about this, we want to be at the top, top four. There is still a long way to go but we are there and we want to stay there now.

"There are big games coming up and they will decide where we are going to stay at the end of the season. We have to keep on playing like that and getting positive results."

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