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“That is the Manchester United that we want to see”

Man United's Marcus Rashford gets on the ball at the corner of the box and smashes a shot past Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico at the near post to make it 4-1.

Is Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho making a point without star midfielder Paul Pogba?

United won 4-1 over Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday, building a 3-0 first half lead through Juan Mata, Ashley Young, and Romelu Lukaku goals.

[ RECAP: Man Utd 4-1 Fulham ]

Mourinho’s quotes on team attitude for a second-straight match will be read with a critical eye given Pogba’s status as an unused sub, a few days after being used off the bench.

“The players have shown they can be a better team than they are. When there is solidarity in the team, everyone giving their maximum, you attract more positive things.”

Mata, who scored his 50th Premier League goal, was glowing after the Red Devils’ performance.

“It was the start that we needed. We know that we have to start better because it is not right to always be chasing the game. We need these performances more often. The fans today enjoyed it: That is the Manchester United that we want to see.”

United is off to Valencia at midweek but has already qualified for the Champions League knockout rounds and seems likely to focus its attention on Sunday’s visit to Liverpool.

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