English Premiership

Fulham win perfect ahead of PSG clash, says Solskjaer

2019-02-10 12:16
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United's win at Fulham was the perfect preparation for the clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

United sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage as a Paul Pogba brace and a fine Anthony Martial strike extended Solskjaer’s unbeaten start as interim manager, and also moved them into the top four.

The Norwegian has overseen 10 wins from his 11 games at the helm and he made six changes in west London with one eye on his first taste of managing the Red Devils in Europe.

Pogba stole the show but Martial impressed on his recall with Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling helping to keep a clean sheet after coming back into the side, with Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata also given a chance to impress.

Asked if this was ideal preparation for facing PSG, Solskjaer said: "Yes, I would have to say so because it's a tough place to come. We gave them the first 10 minutes, maybe played into their hands.

"They had some counter-attacks, they put the ball into the box a few times but then after we scored the first goal we played a fantastic last 80 minutes.

"It's a squad game and today of course it's a chance for everyone to say 'I want to play on Tuesday night because it's a big game'.

"You've got to trust the players, because the league is vital for us but it's a chance for them to say 'I should play on Tuesday'.

"I’ve been in that situation a few times myself and it’s about who grabs it. There were some good performances today, I have to say."

 

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