Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Edinson Cavani complaint after Fulham win

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has complained Edinson Cavani should have been given the ball more in his side’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Wednesday evening. The 33-year-old scored his fifth goal of the campaign for the Red Devils at Craven Cottage, equalising after Ademola Lookman’s first-half strike. Paul Pogba bagged the winner, however, with the France international now looking back to his best.

United were too strong for Fulham, surviving a sluggish start to pick up all three points.

It was a positive night for the Red Devils who, after seeing Manchester City beat Aston Villa earlier on in the day, knew they needed to win.

Lookman fired Fulham into the lead early on, with Cavani then levelling from close range.

Pogba then scored the winner with a terrific goal, with the France international now appearing to have rediscovered his mojo.

And, after the game, Solskjaer complained Cavani should have been given the ball more.

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“He’s such a clever and experienced striker, he makes so many good runs,” said the 47-year-old.

“He should have been given the ball more.”

Solskjaer also said: “I think we started slow but after their goal I felt we played well. We needed to wake up and after that we played really well.

“We don’t do offsides really, we should follow the run. We had not woken up but good reaction.

“Fantastic goal by Paul and we had some other chances to finish the game but of course when it is just one goal and the players they put on it is going to be like heart in your mouth.


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“He [Paul Pogba] has really come on. He is fit, he can play in midfield and he can play wide.

“That is key with Paul, getting him match fit and running fit and he is at the moment. He played very well.”

United are now top of the table but Solskjaer is STILL refusing to say his side are in contention for the title, adding: “It is always going to be talked about that when you are halfway through and top of the league but we are not thinking about this.

“We just have to go one game at a time. It is such an unpredictable season.”

Pogba reacted to his match-winning heroics by saying: “It’s a big win because it was a hard game.

“We knew it would be difficult. They press really well and stay compact. We had to come back and we needed this win and we got it.

“I hit the ball well. I didn’t expect it with the left foot like this but if you don’t try, then you don’t score.

“It was a beautiful goal and a beautiful win. It wasn’t my favourite goal ever but it was still beautiful.

“I was really mad after the Liverpool game for not scoring the chance. I maybe should’ve done better but today it went in.

“Most important was the win today. We did it the hard way and did it the beautiful way.

“No we didn’t know about the Manchester City result, we just knew we had to get our result. I love winning, it’s all about winning. I’m happy when we win on the pitch and angry when we lose.

“It’s the Premier League so it will be always be hard. We have to do us and that’s it.”

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Scott Parker said: “We came up short in the end but overall I thought we were superb. Big chances are the fine margins of this league.

“I am disappointed because I stand here and I feel we should have got something from the game. We showed our real quality today, which is pleasing.”

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