Paul Pogba struggled for form under Jose Mourinho and his performances were largely inconsistent.
Mourinho resorted to dropping the Frenchman in his last three league games in charge of the club and there were talks of Pogba leaving the club prior to the sack of Mourinho.
Pogba has looked a different player under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the World Cup winner has already registered four goals and three assists in his last three games.
Mourinho tended to play Pogba deep in midfield and wanted a lot from the 25-year-old in protecting the team’s defence, which isn’t really Pogba’s strength. However, Solskjaer has changed that and plays Pogba high up the pitch, and the France international has been outstanding.
Asked if his message to Pogba has been to play further forward, Solskjaer told MUTV: “Yeah. We want him to attack those spaces because we know what a handful he is in the air.
“He can also score with his feet, he’s got those long legs – tentacles, you know, the first goal.
“The most pleasing thing about Paul’s performance today was how well he just managed the game.
“Touch, pass, move. Touch, pass, move. There’s no skills for the sake of skills. It’s playing an efficient football game. And I thought he was excellent today, with the whole team of course
Pogba has been directly involved in seven goals in just three games, and Solskjaer believes that Pogba has what it takes to score goals.
Asked if he is now showing his ability as a goalscorer, Solskjaer continued: “Yes, as I said, his attributes, he can shoot, he can get in the box, he can head it.
“But most pleasing maybe for me – because I know he’s got all that – is the way he tackles, wins the ball back and plays it simple.”
Pogba himself has admitted that the biggest change that occurred in Solskjaer’s era compared to Mourinho’s era is the team’s new style of play, which has been attacking under Solskjaer.
“I don’t know (the biggest change),” Pogba told Sky Sports. “Maybe we have just realised that we are Manchester United, we need to keep up and we need to be at the top of the league.
“The reaction of all the players, everybody doing themselves that is what we need. A team needs to enjoy playing football, we work for each other and that is the result on the pitch.
“Obviously it is different. We still won some games with the old manager, so it is just a different style of play. We are more offensive I would say, so we create more chances, and play a bit higher as well. So we try to play like that. That is how we want to play.
“We want to attack, and the manager wants to attack and that is what we do on the pitch.”