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Fernandes, Cavani And Pogba Driving United To Success - Solskjaer

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United's boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised United's resurgence to the recent form of Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, and Paul Pogba comparing them to United's legends Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, and Gary Neville.

Solskjaer believes United's dressing room is being driven to success by the trio, as they continue in their fine form.

United sit top of the Premier League table on 40 points, two points clear city rival Manchester City and six points ahead of defending champions, Liverpool.

Bruno Fernandes has scored 19 league goals and created a further 14 from 33 top-flight appearances since joining the Red Devils from Portuguese side Sporting CP last year.

Meanwhile, Cavani has netted five times in all competitions since arriving at the club from PSG as a free agent in October, while United's club-record signing Pogba has enjoyed a resurgence after a difficult start to the campaign, and scored a superb winner against Fulham last time out.

Buoyed by the performances of Fernandes, Cavani, and Pogba, Solskjaer sees his squad having experienced a drastic shift in mentality, comparing the trio's influence to that of his former United team-mates Roy Keane, Gary Neville, and Ryan Giggs.

His words;

"I think that runs through the squad and that's part of my thinking when you bring players in," Solskjaer told a news conference.

"You don't just bring big talents in, you research their character as much as you can to have the right types.

"Because there are always players who think 'there's a game next week and I'll still get my wages'. That's the mentality we had to get away from.

"I wanted players to come here to push the boundaries, the levels, and drive it on from the inside. It can't come just from the outside. With players like Bruno, Edinson, and Paul Pogba, I feel I have a dressing room that is driven to succeed. That makes my job easier – 100 percent.

"When you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. We had players here when I played – Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs – they drove it on.

"When they spoke you knew you had no leg to stand on to ­argue because you knew that they did it every single day.

"That's what we need from our players. Many of us in the game have been in dressing rooms where people talk – but you think what are you ­talking about?

"They talk the talk but don't really walk the walk. But the players we're talking about – Pogba and Cavani and Bruno – they've been there, they know what it takes and they ­demand it off their team-mates."

The omens are good for United as they continue in their quest to become Premier League champions again. The last time was before Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the 2012-2013 season finishing 11 points clear of second-place Manchester City.

United are currently unbeaten in their past seven home games against Liverpool in all competitions since a 3-0 loss in March 2014.

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