Solskjaer savours Manchester United win as PSG clash looms

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side took the lead through Paul Pogba's clinical finish early in the first half at Craven Cottage.

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.

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.

Manchester United did not have to be at their dashing best yesterday to continue their resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but they still could have scored a hatful as they regained a spot in the top four of the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.

And Solskjaer agreed the defeat of Claudio Ranieri's side was the flawless warm-up, telling reporters: "I would have to say so because it's a tough place to come and we gave them the first 10 minutes, maybe played into their hands, 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".

Solskjaer said he had met United owner Avram Glazer after the game, but he wouldn't be drawn on whether they would have any further meetings to discuss his future at the club.

This game was very important, like you can see we are fourth, even though Chelsea haven't played. Who I meet and when I meet people is not really up for me to tell. "I have to say I don't think I would have hit it like he did, so fantastic goal".

'There's still along way to go and we have a lot of big games coming up. We have to carry on playing like that and getting positive results.

Schuerrle came off near the start of the second half, giving way to Cyrus Christie as the Cottagers looked for ways to get themselves back in the game.

Defeat for Fulham leaves them 19th in the table, with supporters jeering manager Claudio Ranieri's substitutions and with louder boos heard at full-time.

"It's always great to score goals but the most important thing is to win games". We conceded the counter-attack, and at that point it was more hard.

We dug out Ronaldo's goal for you to compare.

"When you play against champions, you have to stay calm, don't lose your composure".

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