Manchester United continue their revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win over Huddersfield, as Manchester City lost again to Leicester. Describing United midfielder Paul Pogba as a “United boy through and through”, Solskjaer seems to have what it takes to bring the glory days back to the club.
Although City lost, manager Pep Guardiola says the Premier League title race is far from over despite slipping to third following their 2-1 defeat at Leicester City.
City are now seven points behind leaders Liverpool but the Catalan insisted his side will still be in with a chance of defending their title if they match the 44 points they collected from the first half of the season. But he warned that City must regain their winning form soon after a run of three defeats in their last four games.
Meanwhile, Pogba scored twice in United’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, adding to Nemanja Matic’s first-half opener.
The 25-year-old is one of several players to already look rejuvenated by the change of manager following Jose Mourinho’s departure last week.
Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba had become strained and led to speculation that United’s record signing could leave the club at the end of the season.
Pogba appears to be enjoying life under Solskjaer, though, and the United caretaker manager was delighted to see his player celebrating with a smile on his face.
“That’s the Paul I know,” he said. “That’s the Paul I’ve known since he was in the reserves and youth team.
“He’s always been a happy boy, he’s always had a big smile on his face and when you score two you’re happy and when you play football for Man United you should be happy.
“Of course it’s a responsibility but it’s an honour and a privilege and Paul loves playing for this club.
“He’s a Man United boy through and through and a kid who knows what it means to play for Man United.”
Solskjaer added that he had spoken with Pogba on a one-to-one basis since taking the job last week, but he has been doing the same with all his players.