Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not concerned by Marcus Rashford’s recent lack of goals due to the Manchester United forward’s hunger and determination to improve.
Mason Greenwood saved his team-mates’ blushes on Thursday night as the teenager secured an unconvincing 1-0 win against Astana in the Red Devils’ Europa League opener.
Things could have been so different had United capitalised on their bright start, with Rashford guilty of missing a number of opportunities against the champions of Kazakhstan.
Solskjaer has spoken of his desire for the 21-year-old to score more scrappy goals but is not worried by the fact that the academy graduate has netted just once from open play in eight appearances for club and country this season.
“He’s getting the chances,” the United boss said of Rashford, who scored two spot-kicks this term.
“Of course he could have had three today. The keeper made a few fantastic saves.
“I don’t worry about that, no.”
“We’re working every single day in training with Marcus. He wants to improve, wants to be better.”
He could’ve finished with his left instead of his right today. It’s just one of those days. I thought their keeper was excellent.”
Asked if United need more goals from Rashford and fellow forward Anthony Martial, he said: “All the goals we’ve scored have come from the forwards with Marcus and Anthony, and Dan James. I’m sure they’ll chip in with many, many goals.
“He is still young, he’ll improve. You won’t hit your peak as a striker until you’re 26 or 27.”
“He’s still learning what finishes to make in different circumstances.”
Martial will be unable to add to his tally at West Ham this weekend as Solskjaer expects the forward to miss the trip to the capital along with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.
Source: Irish Examiner