Solskjaer target for ‘unbelievable’ Man Utd star; confirms Smalling contact

Date published: Friday 6th December 2019 5:21

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he hopes to see continued progression from forward Marcus Rashford after his recent spell of good form.

England international Rashford has netted nine goals in his last 11 appearances for the Red Devils, with two strikes for the Three Lions also sandwiched in between.

The 22-year-old was on target again on Wednesday with two goals in the win over Tottenham, which eased the pressure on Solskjaer’s job slightly.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, Solskjaer was asked if the next step up for Rashford is to replicate Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy by scoring in every game.

The manager said: “He is doing that at the moment and how he didn’t get the goal against [Aston] Villa is beyond me.

“He’s consistently now scoring 10 in the last 11 or whatever but it’s not like four in one and two or three without, it’s not just in spurts but he’s consistently getting chances, and into better position.

“On Wednesday night he was unbelievable and hope to see that again.”

Solskjaer was also asked about the ‘Black Friday’ headline published by Italian newspaper Corrierre dello Sport alongside pictures of Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku.

The pair have since condemned the newspaper’s actions in separate statements and Solskjaer added: “When you see the paper you say: Wow. Really. Is that possible?

“It is the worst front page I have ever seen. It has to be. We have been in touch with [Smalling] to let him know we back him. And Romelu.

“Wow, that’s incredible – and at least we don’t see that here… that has to be stamped down [on].

“Chris has been fantastic but we know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways.

“But Chris is the type to relish these challenges. He’s cultured, enjoys life down [at Roma], it’s a new experience for him.

“He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and [I’m] so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.”



Elsewhere, Solskjaer was in a playful mood as he aimed a tongue-in-cheek dig at City ahead of Saturday’s derby.

Having waited five years to play in his first Manchester derby after moving to Old Trafford in 1996, the former United man said: “At least we play every year now, took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself.”

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