Sanchez, Martial and Lukaku close to Manchester United return

Sanchez, Martial and Lukaku close to Manchester United return

Solskjaer's reign as caretaker manager began with a 5-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday, and his dream start continued with a resounding welcome by the Old Trafford faithful.

But who was the best performer? "The Paul I've known since he was in the reserves and youth team with me".

"It was important to win at our stadium, to bring a smile on the face of our supporters", Nemanja Matic, who scored the first goal, added.

Pogba cut a less than happy figure for much of this season as he clashed with Mourinho and was left on the bench for the Portuguese's final three league games in charge.

Solskjaer insists the only thing he has been able to change in the past week is "the mindset" of his players.

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A task that seemed unattainable just weeks prior now suddenly seems within grasp, especially as United have picked up form just at the right time - with Chelsea dropping points at home last match-day and Arsenal scheduled to play Liverpool next. Of course it's a responsibility but it's also an honour and a privilege.

'Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this.

Solskjaer knows all about such pressure having represented United for 11 years as a player, with the pinnacle being his Champions League final victor that sealed the treble in 1999.

"Dave's [de Gea] save was the defining moment, one of the best saves I've seen".

"Let's see if I get used to it".

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United swiftly went down the other end and Juan Mata and Ander Herrera teed up Pogba to convert an accurate finish from 16 yards.

Pogba was instrumental in the victory, having scored what proved to be a vital brace.

"It is time for that faith and support to be repaid", wrote the Norwegian in his programme notes ahead of the game.

The team today played against Huddersfield and won the game by 3-1 at the Old Trafford.

"It was extra special but I was surprisingly calm", said Solskjaer, whose family were among those watching.

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"But if I look at the performance in this game then I have every confidence that we can pick up more points". The lads have helped me settle in really quickly.

"I just hope in the next five months I'll do a good enough job for them to keep singing my name".

Huddersfield, who showed some promising intent in the second half, earned a late consolation as defender Mathias Jorgensen stabbed the ball home from close range but his effort could not dampen a festive mood among the roaring home crowd. In the first half we came under tremendous pressure but they play with freedom and they still have world-class players.

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