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A third consecutive success since Solskjaer took caretaker charge till the tip of the season keeps United eight points adrift of Chelsea within the fight for a top-four end.
Paul Pogba scored double for the second time in 5 days as Manchester United's revival since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho continued unabeaten with a 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford additionally shone as the England international's stunning run and cross teed up Pogba's opener before he scored United's third.
Nathan Ake force a goal back for Bournemouth simply before half-time, however Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to round off the scoring before Eric Bailly was shown a late red card to leave United to finish with ten men.
The change in mood around United in the twelve days since Mourinho was discharged from duty is palpable, no more so in the performances of Pogba who was discarded from the Portuguese's beginning line-up for his final 3 league games in charge.—3 games— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 30, 2018
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The French World Cup winner played a part in four of United's 5 goals at Cardiff last weekend to urge Solskjaer off to a flying start before scoring double against Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
INTO THE FINAL THIRD
Solskjaer has spoken of his desire to see Pogba break into entry|burgled|entered|forced the lock} the box more often and he had the best of tasks to prod the ball into an empty net after Rashford had confounded the Bournemouth defence.
Ake and Diego rico were left crushed by Rashford's combination of fleet-footed dribbling and pace before his cross absolutely picked out Pogba's run.
The roles were reversed ten minutes later when this time Pogba's header teed up Rashford for a strong strike that was deflected simply behind.
However in stark contrast to the ultimate days of Mourinho's tenure, it appeared solely a matter of time before United struck again and once more it was Pogba who provided the finish with a bullet header from Ander Herrera's cross.
Unlike Pogba, Nemanja Matic was one of Mourinho's most trustworthy lieutenants however the Serbian has also epitomised the change in tack orchestrated by Solskjaer with the previous Chelsea midfielder far more willing to appear for a forward rather than sideways pass.
And Matic began the move for United's third when he picked out Anthony Martial's run and the Frenchman's cross with the outside of his boot was turned home by Rashford.
For all the enhancements recently, though, Solskjaer is still waiting for a first clean sheet since November as Ake beat Matic to power home David Brooks's cross.
Rashford ought to have added to his tally when put clean through by Pogba, but did not get enough elevation on his tried chip over Asmir Begovic before creating way for Lukaku twenty minutes from time.
And the Belgian netted nearly instantly once he squeezed the ball past Begovic on his weaker right foot from another Pogba pass.
Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when his low strike from the edge of the box came off the woodwork.
But United had to see out the final 11 minutes a man light after Bailly needlessly lunged in on Ryan Fraser to see a straight red card.