Report and Ratings: Paul Pogba MOTM in Fulham victory; Anthony Martial scored and assisted; Phil Jones defended well…

Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is now unbeaten in their last eleven matches, winning ten and drawing once. Next up is a UEFA Champions League clash with French champions, Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening. Champions League nights under the floodlights is what this team is all about.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring for United in the 14th minute of the match. His finish was superb, from a tough angle, poking the ball behind the goalkeeper and into the far side of the net. Anthony Martial got the assist for the opener. Fulham then started to get themselves in the game, as they did from the start which saw United playing sloppy football and making poor passes. Martial then doubled United’s lead in the 23rd minute of the match with a spectacular finish which saw Phil Jones grab the assist.

In the 65th minute of the game, Juan Mata was taken out in the box and referee, Paul Tierney awarded a penalty to United. Pogba took the penalty, shooting to the right and sneaking the ball past the diving Fulham goalkeeper to put United 3-0 up in the game and cruising to victory, which means that Fulham will remain in the bottom three of the Premier League, which could see them many points from safety before the weekend is over.

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Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

The Frenchman scored two goals, albeit one from the penalty spot, which saw United beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage. Pogba has grown in character since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in at the helm, showing signs of the player that Pogba could become. Pogba has now had the best goalscoring season of his career, scoring 11 goals for United this season. His leadership has grown under Solskjaer and he really is emerging as a player that could captain this club next season and beyond.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Had one tricky save to deal with against Fulham, who were not the best attacking outlet, although they did create many chances. Good to get hims tested ahead of PSG coming to town next week. Booked in the last minute of the game after some provocation by Mitrovic.


Diogo Dalot

Started ahead of Ashley Young, who was rested ahead of the PSG game next week. The Portuguese fullback did well and got stuck into the game.


Chris Smalling

Solid defending against Fulham, despite the fact they created some chances which were not good enough. Good to see him back, which adds depth to the defence with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having just three fit defenders recently.


4 Phil Jones

His first game after signing his new long-term contract. He did well despite the level of confidence in the United supporters moaning about him. Under Solskjaer, he could become the player Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was going to be. Pretty solid in defence and got the assist for Martial's goal.


23 Luke Shaw

Played well against Fulham. Got stuck in with his defensive responsibility and got forward on the attack. Had a shot on goal which was well over the crossbar. It was a team victory over Fulham - 11 matches unbeaten now for United.


21 Ander Herrera

Commanding in midfield and ran around and cause the havoc only he could cause for his opposition. Had a shot on goal which was saved by the goalkeeper. Deserves a new contract at the club. Let's hope he gets one. Replaced by Eric Bailly in the 85th minute.


31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian was booked late in the first half of the game but played solidly throughout. It is good to see him, Herrera and Pogba control the midfield, each one doing their own bit in the team to ensure United win matches.


6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman scored twice in the victory over Fulham, a sublime finish to open the scoring and then United's third from the penalty spot.


8 Juan Mata

Won the penalty for United, which put them 3-0 up in the game.


Romelu Lukaku

Started ahead of Marcus Rashford, who suffered a dead leg against Leicester, giving him a rest for Tuesday, as he will probably start. Not impressed with the Belgian in all honesty. Slowed the attack down and made things difficult. Perhaps he needs to simplify things a little, finding that confidence to start scoring goals again.


9 Anthony Martial

Scored a stunning goal to put United 2-0 up and assisted Paul Pogba's opener. It was a pretty good day for the Frenchman, who will be a surety to start against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening at Old Trafford. Alexis Sanchez replaced Martial in the 70th minute of the match.



Alexis Sanchez

Replaced Martial 70'. Had a few opportunities to create after the change. Seemed interested to get on the ball and use his pace to break through the defence.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Pogba 74'. Played well in the midfield three with Matic and Herrera, at least until the Spanish midfielder was replaced by Bailly. Seemed confident.


3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Herrera 85'. Came on with five minutes and added time. Did what he needed to do.


Goals: Paul Pogba 14′, 65′ Anthony Martial 23′

Assists: Anthony Martial 14′, Phil Jones 23′

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Herrera (Bailly 85′), Matic, Pogba (McTominay 74′); Mata; Lukaku, Martial (Sanchez 70′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Young; Lingard; Rashford

Bookings: Joe Bryan 25′, Calum Chambers 38′, Aleksandar Mitrovic 90′; Nemanja Matic 43′, David De Gea 90′

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