Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he’s not worried about the form of Marcus Rashford despite his struggles to score from open play in the ongoing season. Rashford has 3 goals to his name this term and 2 have come from the penalty spot in wins against Chelsea and Leicester.
The England international also failed to score as Man United started their Europa campaign with a 1 nil win against Astana on Thursday night. Regardless, Solskjaer says his form is not a cause for concern.
“I don’t worry about that, he’s getting the chances,” the United boss said.
“Of course he could have scored three [against Astana], but the goalkeeper made a few fantastic saves.
“We’re working every single day in training with Marcus and he wants to improve and he wants to be better. He could have finished with his left foot instead of his right once, but it was just one of those days.
“All the goals we’ve scored have come from our forwards with Marcus, Anthony [Martial] and Dan James so I’m sure he’ll chip in with many, many goals.
Meanwhile, Rashford was full of praise for young striker Mason Greenwood who came up with the goods by scoring the only goal of the game for Man United.
“He’s still young, he’ll improve and 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 the old, traditional number nines. There’s not many left of them and Marcus can play three or four positions.”
Man United return to Premier League action on Sunday with a tricky tie away to London club West Ham. Both sides are level on points after 5 games and Solskjaer believes the Hammers can compete for a place in the top six this season.
He said: “By the quality and by the game we played against them last season and the games I’ve seen them this year, why not?
“Last year we were lucky to beat them and it’ll be a good test again for us. We’ve had two clean sheets now, that gives the defenders confidence and if we can keep a clean sheet then it will be easier for the strikers because you know that you don’t have to score twos, threes and fours every time.”
Man United are yet to win an away game in all competitions since March when they beat Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League last season. However, Ole played down their away form.
“Why should we coaches be concerned? We’re looking forward to things, we’re looking for solutions,” he said.
“I’ve never been concerned about anything really. I don’t walk around and worry about things, not at all. I’m looking at what we can do to improve, I’ve never been a worrier.”
He went on to confirm that the trio of Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial will miss the game against West Ham as they continue on the road to full recovery.