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Manchester United move into top 4 after lashing Fulham

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match against Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, recently.

Manchester United rolled to their 10th win in 11 games under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.

The win ensured that United climb into the top four in the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend.

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Paul Pogba fired United ahead from an impossibly tight angle in the 14th minute, springing in behind the defence and onto a pass from Anthony Martial on the left.

The Frenchman then turned and shot first time between keeper Sergio Rico and the near post.

Martial doubled the lead nine minutes later in style, collecting the ball on the halfway line, jinking past Denis Odoi and racing all the way into the area before stroking his shot beyond the reach of Rico.

Fulham had begun the game brightly, creating four shots in the first five minutes, but their chances petered out and they seemed to lose confidence as United controlled the ball for long periods.

Their best chance was in the opening minute when Andre Schurrle broke forward and floated the ball across the area and down into the path of Luciano Vietto.

The Argentine, however, sent his shot just wide of the far post.

United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had an anonymous first half, outshone by his two French team mates.

But he helped create the penalty that led to the third goal when he charged forward to pass to Juan Mata, who was bundled over inside the area by Fulham’s Maxime Le Marchand.

Pogba converted from the spot to put the game beyond Fulham’s reach, and was then substituted, most likely to keep him fit ahead of a tough schedule in the coming weeks.

United face French champions Paris St Germain (PSG) in a Champions League last-16 tie, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round, and host arch-rivals Liverpool all within the month.

The win at Fulham lifts United into fourth place in the league, ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Manchester City on Sunday. (Reuters/NAN)

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