French midfielder Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United moved into the top four and extended their unbeaten start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 11 games with a 3-0 win at Fulham.
Pogba rifled United into the lead with a devastating near-post finish on 14 minutes before Anthony Martial got in on the act with a brilliant solo effort, reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike at Craven Cottage in 2007.
Fulham had started brightly and could have taken the lead through Luciano Vietto and Andre Schurrle, but United’s quickfire goals knocked the wind out of their sails, with Pogba adding a third from the penalty spot midway through the second half.
United were 11 points off Champions League qualification when Solskjaer took over in December, but the 10th victory of his interim tenure has moved them into the top four for the first time since the opening weekend of the season. Fulham remain second from bottom, seven points from safety with just 12 games remaining.
With an eye perhaps on Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with PSG, Solskjaer made no fewer than six changes, a decision which almost backfired as United took their time to settle and invited early pressure from Fulham.
Vietto should have scored inside two minutes, but he dragged his close-range effort wide from Schurrle’s cross, and two minutes later the German blazed over from 12 yards after an Aleksandar Mitrovic header was not sufficiently cleared.