Ole gives surprising answer when asked about most potent Man Utd finisher

Date published: Monday 19th August 2019 7:48

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer TEAMtalk

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says you can forget debating whether Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial is the most natural finisher at Manchester United.

Instead, the Norwegian pointed towards 17-year-old Bradford-born Mason Greenwood when he was posed the question ahead of Monday night’s trip to Wolves

Solskajer may be blessed with options at the back, but those options are not quite so abundant in attack, although Daniel James,  Martial and Rashford all got on the scoresheet against Chelsea.

It was a dream debut for Welsh winger James, while the latter pair finally have the chance to dominate the attack – even if Solskjaer sees Greenwood coming into his own.

“I want both of them to be more scoring easy goals,” Solskjaer said of Martial and Rashford. “Because you don’t have to work too hard to score them, just a little bit of movement.

“It was a great counter-attack, great runs by Anthony and I think maybe he felt he should have got the first pass, it went a little bit wide out to Jesse (Lingard) and he stopped.

“But then he got himself back in a good position and even though he might have mishit it, it went in, so if you can get five extra goals like this every season, both of them, that’s 10.”

Asked whether Rashford or Martial is the most natural finisher, he said with a smile: “Well, they’ve still got a way to go because Mason’s more of a natural finisher than them two.”

At the other end of the field, surely something has to give when it comes to defensive options.

Harry Maguire’s record-breaking arrival has swollen the number of first-team central defenders to seven, although Eric Bailly faces a spell on the sidelines injured.

Victor Lindelof partnered the former Leicester defender on the opening weekend, while academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe – who Solskjaer believes has a “big, big part of this club in the future” – was named on the bench.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo were conspicuous by their absence from the squad, with the United manager conceding they are overstocked.

“That will be for us to work out, and of course I do have too many centre-backs to keep everyone happy,” Solskjaer said.

“But we need to win games, we need to perform, so we’re going to pick the players that will give us the biggest chance to win games. They’re all quality centre-backs and I know that we will need quite a few of them.

“Of course, Eric’s injury means that at the moment I’ve got six fit ones, which is maybe one too many to keep everyone involved.

“But then that’s our jobs, to make the most of what we have now, and for them as well to make sure every day in training.

“And when they get the chance, because they will – we’ve got loads of games, play well when you get it. All of these, Marcos, Phil, Chris… they’ve been here for a long time and they’ve proven that they can do it.”

 

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