Manchester United’s Immense Result
Manchester United’s interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, described the Red Devil’s victory against Chelsea in the FA Cup as “massive.” After losing to Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday, the victory against Chelsea surely is immense. Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba etched their names on the score sheet to help guide United to their 11th win out of 13 matches in all competitions.
by Gio Franco
Ole has emphasized on how “vital” Ander Herrera has been for Manchester United after the Spaniard’s match winning performance against Chelsea. Ander scored the Red Devil’s breakthrough goal on the 31st minute after a beautifully whipped cross from Paul Pogba. Herrera’s recent run of form and amazing work rate should have earned him the man of the match against Chelsea.
Pogba has also been immense under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer notching a goal and assist against the blues at Stamford Bridge. The French midfielder has tallied 10 goals and six assists in just 12 matches since Solksjaer has taken over at United. Paul Pogba’s confidence and swagger seems to have returned under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and when Pogba has that “joy” with his play his abilities to score goals and create are unlimited.
The performance by the Red Devil’s defense was also fantastic winning a clean sheet against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The display by Lindeloff, Smalling, Young and Shaw was crucial to keep Chelsea’s attempts in the first and second half at bay. The defensive fortitude by the entire Manchester United team has drastically improved.
The defeat to PSG may have been a proper wakeup call needed for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Manchester United since the response by the collective was to go to Stamford Bridge and batter Chelsea blue. The Red Devils will face title contenders Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. The loss to PSG will hopefully serve as a reminder to United as to what will be needed against a tough team like Liverpool.
Solksjaer’s superb turnaround of United continues to revolve in his favor but also in the favor of the Board and the supporters. The fact that the United away supporters were singing “Ole’s at the wheel, tell us how good does it feel” the entire 90 minutes at Chelsea is evidence that confidence, identity and unity has returned at Manchester United.