MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30:  Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates as he scores his team's second goal with Ander Herrera and team mates during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

4 Things We Learned as Manchester United Cruised Past Bournemouth on Sunday

Manchester United ended the year in style as they beat Bournemouth 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.


The Red Devils won thanks to goals from Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku, as a convincing victory saw them earn their third win in a row.


The result sees both Manchester United and Bournemouth remain in the same positions, in sixth and 12th respectively.


Here are four things we learned from Sunday's clash at Old Trafford.

1. Paul Pogba Is Revitalised

After a lacklustre start to the season under José Mourinho, Paul Pogba looks like a new man i recent weeks. The Manchester United midfielder scored an impressive brace, and controlled the game brilliantly as he helped the Red Devils to victory.


The Pogba seen on Sunday afternoon was reminiscent of the one we saw at the World Cup, as France secured the coveted trophy in Russia last summer. 


Sunday's match also showed the negative impact Mourinho had. His disputes and disagreements with Pogba saw him drop to the bench, but with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge now it looks like Pogba is well and truly back.

2. Bournemouth Need to Invest in Their Defence

It wasn't a dreadful performance from Bournemouth, but conceding nine goals in two games is grim reading for Cherries' fans. After getting thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham on Boxing Day, Eddie Howe's side needed to react, but they failed to bounce back as they conceded four at Old Trafford.


With 19 Premier League goals conceded in December at a rate of 2.7 goals per game, something needs to change. The transfer window has come at the perfect time for the Cherries, as Howe needs to invest in his defence.


Bournemouth have three defenders injured, including club captain Simon Francis who is out for the rest of the season. If they want to retain their Premier League status, investment is key.

3. Manchester United Have a Prosperous 2019 Ahead

With three wins out of three under their new caretaker manager, Manchester United fans can now look forward to the new year. The Red Devils will be looking to continue their excellent form, starting with Wednesday's trip to Newcastle.


Before 2019, it was hard for United to look forward to what the second half of the season had in store for them. A tough Premier League run-in and a Champions League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain would have been tough under Mourinho, but now they'll relish it.


Now it's a matter of how long they can maintain this form, and how Solskjaer will handle the next five months in the dugout. It won't be an easy second half to the season, but with how they ended 2018, United can believe that they will flourish. 

4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer May Be What United Need

Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left his role as manager in 2013, Manchester United have struggled to find a solid successor. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho have all taken the job on, but all fallen short of the success of Fergie.


However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be the man to build on from and replicate Ferguson's legacy. Spending 11 years at the club under the legendary manager, the Norwegian's relations to Ferguson could be the shaping of him as a manager, which is ideal for United.


Admittedly it is early doors, however, he may be the man Ed Woodward has been searching for since the departure of Ferguson, though only time can tell.