Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0 - Paul Pogba the central influence

Denis Irwin believes Manchester United continuously improving under Jose Mourinho

He saw the size of the task awaiting him as he looks to steer the club away from relegation trouble, with Stoke easily seen off by United in occasional hailstorms in northwest England.

Mame Biram Dioue nearly scored for Stoke in the 86th minute but his first effort was saved by David De Gea before he hit the rebound into the side netting.

Stoke, which has been in the top flight since 2008, is in third-to-last place after 23 games.

Pogba played alongside Nemanja Matic at the base of a two-man midfield and against Stoke, who are now 18th in the table and were lead by Eddie Niedzwiecki last night, Jose Mourinho's side controlled proceedings easily.

The last three meetings between these two sides in the league have ended all square, but on Monday night I can't see anything other than a United win.

The Armenian has been mooted as a potential makeweight with Arsenal in any Sanchez deal, and in a prematch interview with Sky Sports Mourinho admitted Mkhitaryan's absence was down to "doubts about his future". A high flying Manchester City were brought down to the ground by an equally rampant Liverpool who handed Guardiola's men their first defeat of the season.

The Frenchman might get the nod on Monday, having showed signs of positive form ahead of the warm weather training camp, with Rashford the explosive option off the bench.

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"I have been there before and you can play without pressure, with confidence and with a tranquility that you know you can sleep and make a couple of mistakes without any problems".

A huge run of fixtures awaits Lambert and his new players in the coming weeks, matches which could well determine at which level they find themselves playing next season. He can stay there, but also a feeling he can move and, if he moves, I think we have a chance.

One of the more important stats for some, both Pogba and De Bruyne have played big parts in their respective sides successes so far this season.

Pogba was influential throughout, laying on fine first-half goals for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial against the struggling Potters, before Romelu Lukaku put the destination of the points beyond doubt 18 minutes from full-time.

That decision fuelled the theory that the playmaker is bound for Arsenal as a makeweight in the transfer.

Gary Neville has hailed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba as "sensational" after a Man of the Match performance.

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