When Manchester United travelled to Fulham in a must-win tie, Edinson Cavani scored his fourth away goal of the season while Paul Pogba pulled a stunner that saw Manchester United climb to the top of EPL table. In response to reporters on Manchester United’s recent fine, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accredited the performance to the new physicality and mental improvement which yielded consistency in performance.
The manager added that physical robustness and mental improvement are responsible for the club’s recent fine form and ability to see out tightly-contested games.
The 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage saw United reclaim the top spot, but they were forced to fight to the end against a resilient Fulham side.
Ademola Lookman struck early in the opening minutes to see United trail by a goal for the seventh time away from home this season. However, veteran striker Edinson Cavani capitalized on a howler by the home side’s goalkeeper to draw United level. Paul Pogba drew one from the top drawer to hand United the all-important three away points.
Victory at Craven Cottage saw United match the club’s record 17 unbeaten away games that was set by the side that won the treble in 1999. The win also saw the club draw two points clear of Manchester United and Leicester City, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has attributed this form and performance to the new-found consistency at Old Trafford.
“We’ve done better in tighter games; we’ve won loads of 1-0s and 2-1s,” the United boss said. “When you add those up at the end of the season it means many, many points.
“That was a point we spoke about early on before the season had started, that we needed to stop getting draws and win more games.
“We’ve shown great improvement in the mentality as well as physical robustness. Tonight, we stayed the whole 90 minutes again.”
The new consistency will determine how far Manchester United goes in its quest for the title. Paul Pogba’s recent fine form has also majorly contributed to the club’s rise to the top.