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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

How Solskjaer Tactically Uses Pogba To Beat Wolves (See How)

Solskjaer and Pogba
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Paul Pogba was very instrumental in United's 1-0 win over Wolves after a second-half tactical switch from a deeper role to a more adventurous role.

Marcus Rashford's 93rd minutes deflected winner saw that the Red Devils rose to second in the Premier League table, just 2 points behind leaders Liverpool.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took off Alex Telles at half-time for the more straightforward Luke Shaw at left-back and Anthony Martial arose soon after the hour for Mason Greenwood. 

Solskjaer decided against a third assaulting change at 0-0 and made no formation alteration except for Pogba, who was playing a deep role, was pushed ahead to help Bruno Fernandes and the secluded Edinson Cavani. 

"We return to Bruno's first match against Wolves [in February] that wound up 0-0. We're a different outfit now, better intellectually and physically. 

"Tactically, I think, the physical and mental perspective, we have developed a lot, and that conviction has come through performance, results, and players that we have that can change games in a second. 

"At that point the tactical changes, we felt towards the end we could send Paul more up in that space, higher up in midfield, with Marcus keeping the width, and I thought Anthony went ahead and changed the game for us, he added some push. 

"What's more, Luke Shaw had a major effect, he went ahead, more drive, we needed to play the game higher up. In the first half, I don't think we figured out how to play in our opponents' half," Solskjaer stressed

Fernandes finished 2020 with a wonderful 32 Premier League goals in 29 appearances for United and helped Rashford's 93rd-minute winner.

Fernandes frequently loses possession of the ball in his endeavors to penetrate Wolves and Solskjaer said his drives later paid off.

"He certainly didn't play his best game. He's played better games, Bruno, however, he's consistently looking for ways to create chances.

"He made more for Wolves than for us today! But sometimes that happens and he continued onward and he has that talent of continually searching for that pass and in the end, it worked," he added.

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