Solskjaer challenges strike trio to improve

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it "doesn't look like" highly-rated teenager Angel Gomes will be staying at Manchester United.

The Old Trafford giants are on course to have two players hit the 20-goal mark in the same campaign, in all competitions, since Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in 2010/11.

The pair have taken on the goalscoring load this season after Romelu Lukaku's departure, scoring 19 goals apiece across all competitions.

Many anxious about where United's goals would come from after United failed replace Romelu Lukaku a year ago, but all three of the Red Devils' strikers have so far been at their most prolific since August 2019, while Odion Ighalo has also chipped in with some strikes of his own since his arrival on loan in January. He'll definitely score a goal soon. We're looking forward to being at Wembley, any team who you draw there would be a top team anyway. That's how you get to another level. And if they don't improve, well, we might have to look somewhere else to get better because we have to be better.


"All three, I'm still waiting to see them blossom because there are parts of their game that they still need to improve on".

Odion Ighalo arrived on loan in January to bolster United's attacking options and Solskjaer said the strikers know his desire for them to improve comes with a need to "make decisions for the team and the club".

Rashford and Martial have both scored 19 times this season - the best individual tallies of their careers - but Solskjaer insists their form will not stop United, linked with summer moves for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, scouring the world for the best forwards.

"I think you can talk about 14 games but we're just look at the next one".


But according to Dwight Yorke, his former side could take two or three more years before they are finally ready to compete for the domestic title.

"We've always got to look at improving".

"We have loads of games against teams who have lots to play for which is of course not an easy run-in", said the United boss. "It was time to allow our forwards to feel that confidence and feel that demand of playing and being demanded to play every game", Solskjaer added. "Every game is one we have a point to prove in".


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