To send Manchester United top of the table, Paul Pogba struck a spectacular winner, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claiming those two extra points could be the difference at the end of the season.
After Edinson Cavani had equalized for United, Pogba’s 65th-minute strike converted a draw into a victory at Craven Cottage. Despite Solskjaer disclosing how his squad had to sit in their hotel all day with them unable to find a pitch to stage a training session, they won the victory.
Covid’s constraints prevented them from being able to train, but the points were won by Pogba’s attack. ‘I love winning,’ said Pogba, whose lawyer, Mino Raiola, said the centerfielder decided to quit last month.
‘It is about winning. When we win on the pitch, I’m happy and angry when we lose.
‘We were not sure of the Manchester City outcome’ (which sent City top before United kicked off). We just knew that we were going to get our result. We’ve got to do it and that’s it.’
Solskjaer added: ‘We stayed all day in a hotel. This morning, we were looking for a pitch for a training session to refresh our heads and our legs. We couldn’t find a place.’
Fulham’s Scott Parker had never lost a game they had taken the lead in. In 40 matches, they had previously gone ahead, winning 34 and drawing the other four. But here they’ve lost that record.
Solskjaer added, ‘It was a big objective. Those two extra points for a win instead of a draw are vital when you win tight games. Let’s see, at the end, where we are.
‘We are not thinking about it’ (being top). This is just work done and on to the next one.
For Marcus Rashford, who was rested, Edinson Cavani filled in nicely. Before Pogba’s left-footed winner, the 33-year-old equalized. ‘I hit the ball well,’ said Pogba. ‘I didn’t expect it to be this way with your left foot, but if you don’t try, you don’t score. It was a lovely goal and a wonderful win.
‘I was really angry after the game in Liverpool for not scoring a chance. Maybe I should’ve done better, but it went in today. The most important one was today’s win. We have done it the hard way and we have done it the beautiful way.’