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Paul Pogba loves life at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he is "always smiling" under the manager's manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pogba suffered a difficult relationship with former boss Jose Mourinho, who left him on the bench for the defeat in Liverpool in December, in what turned out to be the last Portuguese game in office.

The French national team has been rejuvenated since Solskjaer, who coached Pogba at the United Academy, entered and gave him the freedom to perform.

This saw him score four goals and provide four assists, the last of which was a good ball for Marcus Rashford to win the winning goal in the 1-0 win against Tottenham on Sunday.

Pogba believes he is "out of the shadows" and loves life under the Norwegian.

"Before the coach arrived, I was in the shade, on the bench, and I accepted," he said. "It's a pleasure to play again, it's normal, and I always smile.

"It's a pleasure to be reunited with him." I met him from the academy and from the reserves, when his nickname was "Super Sub".

"He's doing a great job, as a player he knew the mentality of this club, he came back to help us and he's doing very well, the season is long so let's see how it goes.

"I'm playing a little bit later, I have more security behind me, it gives me the freedom to go ahead and try to get into the box and support the attackers."

Although Pogba played well and Rashford scored the winner, United's three points at Wembley were the heroes of David De Gea.

De Gea has made a series of saves at Wembley to keep United's lead intact and help deliver Solskjaer's sixth consecutive win.

The Spaniard denied Harry Kane four times, Dele Alli on three occasions, Fernando Llorente and Toby Alderweireld to make sure that Rashford's first-half goal was enough for United.

These performances have become the norm for De Gea in recent years and his teammate Jesse Lingard said it was just another day at the office for the Spanish goalkeeper.

"It's a normal day for him, it was excellent," he said. "They seemed to score but he saved us.

"We see him in training and he pays off when it comes to big games, some of his rescues are like" Oh my god "."

De Gea's contract with United expires next summer but the Press Association Sport includes talks on a new agreement and Lingard hopes the 28-year-old will extend his stay at Old Trafford.

Jesse Lingard greeted David De Gea after his heroism at Wembley (John Walton / PA)

He added: "He's one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best, we want him to stay in. Having a goalkeeper like that gives you more confidence, he's a great goalkeeper."

Spurs' victory sends Solskjaer to the US history books as the only manager to win his first six games and now the top four do not look out of the equation because they are only six points behind Chelsea.

Lingard said it is important to maintain momentum as United players continue to enjoy their time under Norwegian.

"It's a huge victory," he said. "It keeps its self-confidence and we focus on the next game, it will always be a test, we knew it from the start.

"We put them on the ground with the back foot and I hope that in the future we can also start the second part.

"For us now we have to keep looking forward, and on Saturday we have another match against Brighton and we need three points and we'll see where we are at the end of the season.

"We are very organized, we want to attack, we want to advance those.

"The midfielders are running ahead and we are putting other teams under pressure, it works and we have to keep it going."

– Press Association

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