Paul Pogba tactical tweak helped seal late Man Utd win over Wolves

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on the way he unleashed Paul Pogba’s attacking freedom to good effect against Wolves.

United moved to within touching distance of Premier League leaders Liverpool after beating Wolves at Old Trafford.

After dominating proceedings, they were made to wait until the 94th minute for the breakthrough, with Marcus Rashford firing past Rui Patricio from the edge of the area.

Solskjaer rotated his side slightly for the game, and gave Pogba a start in one of the central defensive midfield positions.

The Frenchman was largely tasked with mopping up above the back line and playing deep passes in behind for Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Rashford to chase.

But as the game went on, he was gradually given the freedom to push forward more and test the Wolves defence himself.

That change proved effective as he constantly caused problems, forcing a save from Patricio shortly before the goal finally came.

And speaking afterwards, Solskjaer explained that moving Pogba forwards was a key move, as it allowed the rest of the team to start getting forward as well.

The Norwegian heaped praise on his side’s performance, and claimed his side is now more developed tactically and mentally.

"We go back to Bruno’s debut against Wolves [in February] that ended up 0-0. We're a different outfit now, better mentally and physically," Solskjaer stressed.

"Tactically, I think, the physical and mental aspect, we have grown and developed, and that belief has come through performances, results and players that we have on the pitch that can change games in a second.

"Then the tactical changes, we felt towards the end we could send Paul more up in that space, higher up in midfield, with Marcus keeping the width, and I thought Anthony came on and made a difference for us, he added some thrust.

"And Luke [Shaw] made a big difference, he came on, more drive, we wanted to play the game higher up.

“In the first half I don't think we managed to play in their half enough."

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