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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and team-mates getting me to my best, says French star

All smiles: Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate
All smiles: Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate
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By Simon Peach

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba hailed his team-mates after they set up an FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Pogba struck United's second, a powerful onrushing header from a brilliant Marcus Rashford cross, after Ander Herrera had put the visitors ahead with a stooping header at the back post.

United were always comfortable in the tie and were able to see things out with ease in the second half as they defended their two-goal lead.

The win keeps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's incredible start to his tenure at Old Trafford alive, while also heaping more misery on under-fire Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

It is yet another sign that Solskjaer is getting the best out of his players, with Pogba, who marshalled things superbly from the centre of midfield, heaping the praise onto his Red Devils comrades, as well as onto his new boss.

"It is a beautiful win. Today was a great performance from the team, all of them. It wasn't easy. We did it. We are really pleased with that win," said the French international.

"The team helped me get to my best. I give everything for them. They help me score goals and get assists. We are enjoying playing together.

"We are Man United. We play to win trophies. (Solskjaer) took this job because he can do it. He trusts us and we trust him."

Solskjaer himself refused to get too high after the win, although the Norwegian did allow himself to bask in a job well done at Stamford Bridge.

The victory over Premier League rivals Chelsea means United have now won 11 of their 13 games since the former striker took charge of the team, and it is evident that it is a much happier camp now.

The win also gave United the perfect bounceback after the disappointment of losing the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the week, but Solskjaer refused to turn his focus away from Wolves.

"An away tie again after Arsenal and Chelsea, but that's it. We'll have to do it the hard way, Wolves are a tough team to play against," said the United chief.

"The performance tonight was fantastic, our tactics worked. We asked our midfielders to press higher and get into the box and it worked. The defending in the second half was fantastic.

"Chelsea are a good team, they have their way of playing, but Juan Mata did a fantastic job on Jorginho and we were absolutely perfect defensively. We kept a clean sheet.

"It is a massive result. We had criticism after the PSG game and everyone did what we asked them tonight."

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