Europa league: Solskjaer undisturbed by Rashford’s profligate finishing
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is not worried about Marcus Rashford’s finishing after his profligate performance in Manchester United’s Europa League home win over Astana.
Rashford wasted three presentable chances in the first-half and was moved to the left wing for the second-half so Mason Greenwood could play through the middle.
Greenwood scored his first career goal in the 73rd minute to secure three points for United in their group stage opener.
Even though Solskjaer selected Rashford as the centre forward the 21-year-old has repeatedly said he does not regard himself as a number nine.
Rashford has started up front in recent games due to Anthony Martial’s thigh injury but was criticised for his performance in the 1-1 draw with Southampton last month.
The English player has scored two penalties this term but only one from open play and is expected to keep his place at West Ham on Sunday with Martial still sidelined.
“He’s getting the chances, of course, he could have had three today. The keeper made a few fantastic saves,” Solskjaer said.
“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.
“All the goals we’ve scored [in the Premier League] have come from the forwards with Marcus and Anthony, and Dan James. I’m sure they’ll chip in with many many goals.
“Marcus 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.
“I think today’s forwards are different from old traditional number nines. There are not many left of them. Marcus can play all four positions – right, left, up front on his own and as a 10. Anthony can. Mason can. None are pinpointed to one position.
“You’ll see them rotated around.”