Solskjaer said he's happy to rely on Rashford, Martial for goals

Solskjaer said he’s happy to rely on Rashford, Martial for goals

Solskjaer said he’s happy to rely on Rashford, Martial for goals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demanded on Friday he is contented with his striking choices for this season regardless of not signing a swap for the replacement of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

The Norwegian has simply Anthony Martial, who will miss Saturday’s outing to Southampton through  damage, Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to rely on between now and January.

“Anthony and Marcus can carry our attacking threat,” he said. “If not, we would have signed someone else or kept someone else.

“We believe in them. Both of them enjoy responsibility and enjoy the trust. It is give and take here –- we trust them but they have to give us back.

“But they have shown me they are ready for that.

“If I did not believe in them, we would have signed someone else or kept someone else. We believe in them definitely.”

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It places extraordinary duty on a couple who have scored a joined 55 objectives in the Premier League, as Greenwood is yet to score a senior objective, contrasted with Sanchez and Lukaku’s record of 176 objectives in England’s top flight.

It additionally implies there is nobody in United’s squad who has scored in excess of 13 objectives in a solitary Premier League battle – – the imprint accomplished by Paul Pogba from midfield last season.

Military’s nonappearance because of thigh damage at St Mary’s methods there could be an open door for Greenwood and Solskjaer isn’t worried about giving him a first Premier League begin.

“Mason is a natural footballer,” he said. “He enjoys his time on the pitch and he comes alive when you get closer to the goal.

“In the finishing sessions, he is always the one who ends up in the last two. He always scores the goals.

“He has proper goalscorer’s goals, but he also has to learn that scrappy bit inside the six-yard box and stick your head in where it hurts, but he has all the range of finishes.”

Given Lukaku’s exit and Martial’s injury, there would surely have been an opportunity for Sanchez to face Southampton if he was still with United, but Solskjaer has no regrets about letting the Chilean leave for the season.

“I had a chat with him,” said Solskjaer.

“For me, if I can’t guarantee regular football for Alexis Sanchez, it’s better for the two of us that he goes and plays in Italy and shows what we all know he is capable of doing. I could not guarantee him that here.

“I’m sure we will see Alexis back. We just hope he plays regular football for a year. Then he can find his form.”

Joined’s squad was additionally exhausted as focus back Chris Smalling likewise made a beeline for Italy to join Roma on credit on Friday.

Also, Solskjaer’s eagerness to work with a little squad could be uncovered in the coming months, especially with long travels ahead in the Europa League.

Joined will confront Partizan Belgrade and Kazakhstan champions Astana, just as Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in Europe’s second-level challenge.

The blending with Astana is especially troublesome as the outing to the Kazakh capital on November 28 will include a round outing of more than 7,000 miles before returning home to play Aston Villa in the Premier League on December 1.

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