Jamie Redknapp backs Manchester United to make the top four

Jamie Redknapp backs Manchester United to make the top four

With less than five minutes on the clock, Rashford showed what he's capable of after producing a moment of magic as he bamboozled the Bournemouth defence with some stunning foot-work before setting up Paul Pogba with a pin-point cross to give the Frenchman the simple task of tapping home the opening goal.

The England worldwide scored one goal and set up another at Old Trafford as Manchester United made it three wins from three under interim manager Solskjaer, who believes Rashford can become one of the best strikers in the world.

Paul Pogba took a thinly veiled swipe at Jose Mourinho by declaring that Manchester United were playing in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a manager that "wants to attack" as the midfielder toasted a "beautiful" finish to a hard year.

The unimaginative, stupefyingly tiresome football which blighted the final months of José Mourinho's tenure has, in just three games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, been replaced by the kind of inventive, buccaneering brand of play once regularly served up by the home side at Old Trafford.

Lukaku was back on the bench for United, but it seems that Rashford is here to stay at centre-forward, with his confidence growing under the stewardship of Solskjaer, who has promised to improve the Englishman's finishing. One more than he managed under the old boss, in 17 matches. Under Mourinho, he had participated in 13 matches this season but has played just three minutes under the Norwegian. David Brooks floated a ball into the United box and Ake jumped highest to bury a header past David de Gea.

Rashford was then rewarded for his own excellent attacking display when he was on hand to turn in another cross by Anthony Martial, but Bournemouth was able to respond immediately to pull a goal back before the break.

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"We are still looking for a clean sheet - you can't switch off for one second in this league".

Ake did well to block a goal-bound Herrera attempt early in the second period as United looked for a fourth, which would have ended Bournemouth's already-slim hopes of a comeback. Pogba, a World Cup victor with France, celebrated that goal by performing a playful shimmy with his arms folded across his stomach - a move that TV cameras revealed he had been practising on the pitch before kickoff.

United's dominance told again in the 33rd minute, Pogba heading Ander Herrera's fine right-wing delivery past the stranded Asmir Begovic.

Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when his low strike from the edge of the box came off the woodwork.

Next up for United is a trip to Newcastle United on January 2, while Bournemouth will attempt to return to winning ways when they welcome Watford on the same night.

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