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Chris Smalling: 'Manchester United lucky to have Paul Pogba'

10 February 2019
Chris Smalling: 'Manchester United lucky to have Paul Pogba'

The Red Devils had the chance to hoist themselves into fourth spot with a victory at Craven Cottage ahead of Chelsea FC's clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

United's run of form has seen them be unbeaten in 11 games in all, with two wins coming in the FA Cup, only failing to beat Burnley but even that game didn't halt their momentum as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in a result that must have felt nearly like a win.

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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 are trying to put the team forward to put players in positions where they can hurt teams".

"He's not just scoring goals, he's assisting goals and he's controlling the game as well. There are big games coming up and that will decide where we are going to finish at the end of the season".

"We have to carry on playing like we did today".

While Matic offered the physical presence as well as the aggression in the holding midfield role, it was Herrera, who recycled the ball and rotated possession numerous times throughout the course of the game. "The team feels good".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains unbeaten as United's caretaker manager (winning 10 of 11 games in all competitions) and they've now moved into the top four and have 51 points.

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.

"We started very well", he said. "I am sure PSG will look at Marcus the way we look at Mbappe - he's one of the main threats", Solskjaer said following Saturday's 3-0 Premier League win at lowly Fulham.

"But my players are very.... not anxious, but they want to score immediately to draw the match and against big teams that is hard and we conceded to them the counter-attack". "First, it seemed very hard for us to reach the Champions League places in the Premier League and we are already there".

It was also reminiscent of another United goal at Craven Cottage over a decade ago, scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.