Man Utd midfielder Mata hails French pair for Fulham win

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Solskjaer, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, started with Romelu Lukaku in attack as in-form Marcus Rashford was dropped on the bench.

"Of course, Chelsea have [played] one game less but we are happy for three more points".

Anthony Martial scored United's second goal through a superb solo effort that saw him run passed two defenders and smash the ball in to put United comfortably ahead. And finally, it was Pogba (2 goals), who eased United's transition in the final third with some excellent passing and hold-up play in and around the half-spaces. Martial picked up and a goal and an assist on Saturday, has two goals in his last three matches and now has 11 on the season. United are now up to fourth in the table.

Pogba added: "It feels great. Since Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] came in we talked about this, we want to be at the top, in the top four", he told Sky Sports after the game. I think we are very strong as a group and we are showing it.

Fulham, he said, had given his side a few scares in the opening 10 minutes - but then United took control.

'We knew that if we win then we will be in fourth position, ' the defensive midfielder said. "Paul can do that with his qualities".

"We are in a risky situation [in the league] and I told my players that it's important to show to our fans we are alive and try to do our best until the end".

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"But my players are very.... not anxious, but they want to score immediately to draw the match and against big teams that is hard and we conceded to them the counter-attack". He continually searched for space and there was plenty to be found against a ponderous, confidence-sapped Fulham whose own fans questioned whether their manager Claudio Ranieri knew what he was doing.

Herrera is playing as well as at any point since arriving at United for a reported (Guardian) £29m back in 2014 and having been shunted around various roles under Jose Mourinho, he appears to have carved out a niche.

Their mood contrasted totally with the 4,000 festive away fans who applauded Pogba's fast feet and tricky moves.

Pogba dispatched his penalty with aplomb and United spent the final 25 minutes keeping their powder dry for PSG. He came to the dressing room.

"Ryan is a good player, but in this moment, he's not at the best of his fitness and form".

David De Gea once again starts in goal with Luke Shaw at left-back but Victor Lindelof isn't involved as Solskjaer makes a number of changes.

The odds are against the team with the worst defensive record in the division, with 58 goals conceded, pulling off a miraculous escape given that they are seven points adrift of 17th place with 12 games remaining.