Jose Mourinho was accused of "parking the bus" at Liverpool on Monday as his United team set out to frustrate their opponents, but tonight at Old Trafford different tactics were needed against Group A leaders Fenerbahce to ensure his team retain an interest in the Europa League with just three points separating the four teams.
Initially it was Fenerbahce who set out their defensive stall inviting United to find a way through. Plenty of possession was had by the home side but a lack of inspiration in the final third looked like sending the game in scoreless at the break.
But in the space of four minutes United were awarded two penalties then added a third in first half injury time to totally change the complexion of the game.
The Turkish team began to show some attacking intent and Brazilian Souza almost halved the deficit but David de Gea saved well from close range.
But, on the stroke of half-time, Fenerbahce carelessly conceded possession and the ball was worked to Pogba who powered home from 20 yards.
An early goal was needed in the second period, either to give Fenerbahce some hope or for the hosts to seal the win. Unfortunately for the visitors it was United who gained the advantage. Jesse Lingard collected the ball and drilled number four from just outside the penalty area. The sizeable, and previously vociferous Turkish support, were stunned into silence.
Fenerbahce gamely took the game to United and showed signs of being a half decent side which simply highlighted the impressive performance of the Old Trafford team.
Man Utd: 4 (Pogba pen 31, 45, Martial pen 35, Lingard 48
Fenerbahce: 1 (van Persie 83)