Arsene Wenger believes under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have found a midfield solution in Fred, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes just in time for Sunday’s crunch Liverpool showdown

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  • Manchester United fought back 2-0 for a 3-2 win against Atalanta
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side is enduring a period of inconsistent form
  • But Arsene Wenger was impressed by United’s midfield in the second half

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Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have stumbled across a solution to his midfield puzzle in a 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta.

Solskjaer started with midfield bases from Scott McTominay and Fred and benched Paul Pogba but United ended in a disastrous first half as the Serie A side fell 2-0.

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Pogba entered the field for McTominay in the 66th minute as United went down 2-1 to United and Wenger was impressed by what he saw in the midfield trio of Fred, Bruno Fernandes and the France international.

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Arsene Wenger impressed by Manchester United’s second half midfield against Atlanta

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes help United beat Italy 3-2

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes help United beat Italy 3-2

Speaking as a pundit on beIN Sports, former Arsenal boss Wenger said: ‘Pogba, I thought, well done. Pogba made more dangerous deliveries to give him more power from deep in midfield.

‘And when Pogba came, Fernandes got better. Fernandes had a bad first half, but he came alive in the second half as well.

And regarding Fred’s contribution, Wenger said: ‘I would personally highlight the second half for Fred.

‘Fred saved a few crosses in the box, excelled defensively and he worked incredibly hard in the second half.’

Fred also put on an encouraging second-half performance to help United register the win.

Fred also put on an encouraging second-half performance to help United register the win.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates taking three points after the final whistle

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates taking three points after the final whistle

Wenger’s comments come at a time when United boss Solskjaer is facing increasing scrutiny over his position as manager.

Wednesday’s win was another dramatic comeback as Ronaldo left United out of prison, but Solskjaer’s side failed to win three Premier League matches.

They host second-place Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, knowing a defeat will leave them seven points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side after just nine league games.

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