Smalling: Man United are lucky to have Pogba!

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Paul Pogba of Manchester United kisses the pitch as he celebrates scoring his teams third goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling heaped praise on team-mate Paul Pogba following today’s 3-0 win at Fulham.

The in-form French star scored a brace at Craven Cottage to extend his tally to eight goals in 10 games under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pogba opened the scoring for United in the 14th-minute by striking the ball into the net from a tight ankle before later slotting a penalty after Anthony Martial had scored.

Victory over Fulham has enabled United to enter the top-four of the Premier League for the first time since their opening day 2-1 win over Leicester City.

“He’s got everything hasn’t he!” Smalling told MUTV.

“I think he’s showcasing that and the reason we’re on this run of form we are is down to Paul, a lot of it.

“He’s not just scoring goals, he’s assisting goals and he’s controlling the game as well. We’re very lucky to have a player like him on our team.”

Smalling added: “Especially at the start of the game, we wanted to isolate Anthony against the full-back.

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“After the joy, he was getting after the first 10 minutes, we just wanted to feed him as soon as and now you can see the quality that he has got.”

Despite fighting back from an 11-point deficit back in December to move into the top four today, United are not taking anything for granted with a challenging run of fixtures awaiting them.

“We all knew the task that we had and we all thought it would be tough,” Smalling said of a remarkable surge under an interim boss.

“We’ve still got a lot to do but the fact that we have been able to get those points and catch up so quickly is full credit to the squad and how we’ve been playing. Now we’re in fourth it is ours to lose.”

The Red Devils will Paris Saint-Germain for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.