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Paul Pogba’s antics after Leeds win exactly what Solskjaer wants to see

Paul Pogba played no role in Manchester United’s 6-2 demolition of Leeds United on Sunday, having been left on the bench by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Frenchman was left out of the side in favour of Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes – Solskjaer's preferred midfield three.

The decision proved to be a masterstroke, with McTominay putting United 2-0 up within the first three minutes of the match.

Fernandes then got in on the act, slotting home a penalty to make it 3-0 within the half hour mark.

Pogba failed to make it off the bench against Leeds, but Solskjaer will be delighted with how he responded to being dropped.

According to The Athletic, Pogba involved himself in a sprinting exercise on the pitch afterwards, shouting: “Who is the champion?” after winning one tight race.

Donny van de Beek was also involved in the exercise after playing a limited role in the match, as were Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani.

United’s win left them in third place in the Premier League table within touching distance of table-toppers Liverpool. The Red Devils are five points behind with a game in hand, and are just a point off second-placed Leicester City.

However, Solskjaer insisted he isn’t ready to start thinking about a title challenge just yet.

He said: “We're one third into the season, we're not even at the halfway point, so the league position is not something we look at.

“We look at the improvement in the team, we look at the improvement in fitness because we knew we were going to be lagging behind in fitness, and I think it showed in the first few games but now, today, I think we showed we are getting a fitter and stronger team.”

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