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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his Manchester United players they need to improve defensively

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Solskjaer is still searching for his first clean sheet (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted his squad need to improve defensively as the new Manchester United boss wait for his first clean sheet goes on.

Another emphatic victory on Sunday saw United beat Bournemouth 4-1, but Solskjaer was disappointed his players were unable to keep the Cherries out.

Nathan Ake scored Bournemouths consolation goal just before half-time, but the three points were virtually already in the bag after three goals in the first half from United.

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Paul Pogba scored another brace, his second in as many games, but Solskjaer has now urged his players to focus on their defensive duties.

He said: In the first half we attacked the game with a high tempo and high energy but the response to their goal was great.

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We managed the game much better than against Huddersfield.

Akes header made sure Bournemouth got on the scoresheet (Picture: Getty)

We are still looking for a clean sheet – you cant switch off for one second in this league.

Its a very very good performance, the crowd was enjoying it but now Newcastle, the next one, is a different kind of test.

Uniteds victory over Bournemouth was Solskjaers third in a row, making him just the third United boss to win their first three league games in charge.

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Solskjaer took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho, and the Norwegian wants his players to continue expressing themselves.

You have to enjoy sitting and watching the boys express themselves, Solskjaer said.

The work rate is second to none and the biggest compliment you can get as a manager is watching them work so hard because that is our foundation.

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United play Newcastle on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

The boys know they are playing at Man United which means they are skillful players and a Man United team should never be outworked.

Training sessions have been high quality, the tempo and sharpness has been really good but we will get better and we are working towards a clean sheet.

Everyone just thinks I am looking for attacking football, but the foundation of any team is how well you defend, if you keep a clean sheet, you have a good chance of winning the game.

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