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Solskjaer ‘impressed’ by Pogba after his masterclass against Leeds

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The World Cup winner was involved in all but one goal in the Red Devils’ big win against their old rivals.

Manchester United kicked off the new Premier League campaign in style as they cruised to a 5-1 victory over Leeds United.

Much of the credit for Man United’s utterly dominant display goes to Paul Pogba, who was at his sparkling best in pulling the strings.

The midfielder helped his side open the scoring at the half-hour mark by flicking a fantastic one-touch pass into the path of Bruno Fernandes, who then slotted his shot into the net.

United scored four goals in under 15 minutes in the second half, with Pogba setting up three of those goals – one for Greenwood, another for Fernandes, and the final one for Fred.

“I’ve had a great relationship with Paul all the time, ever since he was a kid,” Solskjaer told BT Sport after the full-time whistle. 

“Today’s message was just about: go out and enjoy yourself. He had 45 minutes against Everton [in pre-season], which which was not his best.

“But today we just gave him the freedom overall, to go wherever he wanted to go. We wanted him to get on the ball.

“All the best players would want to feel our trust in them, our confidence. And Paul is one of those players who can create something out of nothing. He looked so strong and I was impressed by his fitness. That’s a good sign.”