Fulham 0 Manchester United 3: Pogba shines as United goes fourth

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial inspired Manchester United to a comfortable away win at Fulham.

Manchester United moved into the top four of the Premier League table with cruising 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Two goals from Paul Pogba either side of a superb solo effort from Anthony Martial either secured a comfortable win for the visitors, their 10th in 11 matches in all competitions under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United, made six changes to the side that won 1-0 at Leicester City the previous week, including
player-of-the-month Marcus Rashford who was left on the bench.

Fulham started on the front foot with Luciano Vietto scuffing a volley wide from a promising position in the early minutes. 

That miss was punished by Pogba 14 minutes in, when the midfielder raced onto Martial’s pass and riffling a left-footed strike beyond the Sergio Rico at his near post.

United ruthlessly punished Fulham on the break when 23 minutes in. Phil Jones won back the ball and released Martial, who skipped past four men to slot pass Sergio Rico.

Claudio Ranieri decision to bring on Cyrus Christie for Andre Schurrle, prompted a chorus of
‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ from the home fans.

Fulham’s woes was compounded in the 64th minute when Le Marchand clumsily tripped Juan Mata. Pogba scored his second of the day and United’s third from the resulting spot kick, when sweeping the ball into the right-hand corner. 

Substitute Alexis Sanchez could not beat Rico from a one on one position and then, while Fulham’s best chance for a consolation goal fell to former Liverpool man Ryan Babel, who found a way to hit the outside of the post from close range.

United have moved into the top 4 ahead of Chelsea who face Manchester City on Sunday.

Fulham remain seven points from safety with time Ranieri running out of ideas to ensure Premier league safety.

United host Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League and visit Chelsea in the FA Cup before their next league match, at home to rivals Liverpool.

While Fulham have 13 days off until they travel to West Ham in a London derby.

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