And the Manchester United interim boss has now expressed his delight at seeing the England worldwide sign a new long-term contract with the Red Devils.
And while Pogba was named man of the match for his two-goal performance, it was Martial - who also registered a goal and an assist - for whom Mata would reserve special praise. United are now up to fourth in the table.
He was also keen to emphasise that United's revived fortunes since he took over in December from Jose Mourinho were about the whole club's work and not just his own influence.
Pogba was so brilliant during the 3-0 win that somebody compiling his individual highlights was simply inevitable and YouTube user "RedDevilsTV" stepped up to the plate on Saturday evening.
Ferdinand appears to suggest that the former Molde man has already proven himself and that if he secures a top four spot for the club then he should be given the job permanently.
Solskjaer wanted to take a few risks this time.
We want to be in the top four. All have been exceptional under his management, but Pogba was the standout on a blustery winter's afternoon at one of English football's finest grounds. "Paul can do that with his qualities".
"I don't really like to compare players, but I know that Paul is in good form, in a good place at the moment", Solskjaer said.
"Whoever plays will try their best". He made so many runs against Fulham that the dejected opponents stopped trying to check him.
Claudio Ranieri is another positive manager, but things continue to go awry for embattled Fulham. Yet to win away from home this season, their next three visitors at Craven Cottage are all powerhouses - Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Their mood contrasted totally with the 4,000 festive away fans who applauded Pogba's fast feet and tricky moves. Under Solskjaer's smiling leadership, winning eight of his nine league games in charge, more than they had managed in the previous 17, United have gone from cowed to confident, from lacklustre to liberated. Pogba is the captain in everything but name, the leader in the dressing room and on the pitch.
In the right back role, young Portuguese Diogo Dalot could replace veteran Ashley Young.
David De Gea once again starts in goal with Luke Shaw at left-back but Victor Lindelof isn't involved as Solskjaer makes a number of changes.