Mourinho Claimed Manchester United Needed A 'Miracle' For Top Four

Mike Phelan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Mike Phelan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as head coach of United in December and has overseen a complete turnaround in fortunes at the club.

As mission statements go, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's, issued after beating a Fulham side showing every sign of seasonal capitulation, could not be more pointed. Of course, they're all happy after winning the game.

Indeed, Solskjaer and Rashford won January's manager and player of the month, the first time United have achieved such a double since Alex Ferguson and Dimitar Berbatov in January 2011.

Manchester United jumped into the top for of the Premier League on Saturday for the first time since August with a 3-0 win at Fulham.

Here are three talking points from this crucial result that saw the Red Devils fire into the top-four.

"When I played, the manager was always assuring us that when you're a part of this squad, you're important for us".

"Who I meet and when I meet people is not really up to me to tell", the Manchester United interim boss told the press following the game.

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Their next Premier League game is a huge one against title challengers Liverpool at Old Trafford on February 24 but before then face PSG in the Champions League and a trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup.

"We started very well", he said.

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial netted early on before a penalty from Pogba sealed a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage.

Tuesday's first leg kicks off a big few weeks for United, whose hopes of progressing past PSG and reaching the quarter-finals have been bolstered by Neymar's absence.

We created two great chances to score a goal, but suddenly [Paul] Pogba scored, and I think: 'OK, stay calm and we can continue to play and to find a solution to draw the match. But against the big teams, it's hard and we conceded to them again on the counter-attack.

"PSG are a fantastic team regardless of their form, with players who can make the difference in the tie and we will have to be at our best to win".

The Norwegian has had a fine star to his career at Old Trafford as he's yet to be beaten and has only drawn to Burnley.

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