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A closer look at why Manchester United are in such good form

:Headline: A closer look at why Manchester United are in such good form:
The Red Devils' last defeat was in January and their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League is gathering momentum.

Manchester United extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 16 matches with Saturday's impressive win at Bournemouth.

United's last defeat was in January and their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League is gathering momentum.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the reasons for their upturn in form.

Fernandes hits the ground running

It is no coincidence that United's season has been transformed since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, signed from Sporting Lisbon at the end of January for a fee which could rise to £68million with add-ons. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had been booed off the pitch eight days earlier after their home defeat to Burnley, but the Portuguese has displayed all the attributes of a world-class playmaker to help drag United out of their mediocrity. It is not just his statistics which are so impressive, but the fact he needed no time to adjust to the Premier League and has got his team-mates firing.

Pogba's a man on a mission

Paul Pogba has started in United's last three Premier League matches (Peter Powell/PA)

Paul Pogba's form and fitness have also been integral to United's resurgence. His season has been undermined by injury, but since his return from an ankle problem in last month's draw at Tottenham, the Frenchman has reminded United fans they have another talismanic match-winner in their ranks. Solskjaer has said Pogba is desperate to make up for lost time and in the three Premier League games he has started alongside Fernandes, he has played a key role in helping United get close to their swash-buckling best going forward.

Front three cashing in

If Fernandes and Pogba have unlocked the lid which had been stifling United's creativity, their front three – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood – have taken full advantage. Teenager Greenwood took his goals tally to 15 in all competitions this season with a double in Saturday's 5-2 win at Bournemouth. Rashford has scored 20 in all competitions for United, as has Martial. Their combined total of 55 goals this season is bettered by the three top goalscorers at only six of Europe's major clubs and more than Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who have 51 between them.

Solskjaer solves his conundrum

Solskjaer has named the same starting line-up in United's last three Premier League matches, which they have won 3-0, 3-0 and 5-2, against Sheffield United, Brighton and Bournemouth respectively. Despite hinting at changes for the Bournemouth game, Solskjaer stuck with the same XI and that would indicate the Norwegian, on current form, has established his strongest side as their challenge for a top-four finish gathers momentum.

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CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd391813867373067
4Chelsea392061370571366
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
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12Southampton38157165160-952
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14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3956282677-5121
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