Manchester United legend Andy Cole has called on the club’s management to make Marcus Rashford the focal point.
Rashford continued his fine scoring form in the Red Devils narrow 2-1 win over the Hornets at Old Trafford on Saturday.
With the young England international enjoying a prolific form under Solskjaer, Cole believes future United teams have to be built around the 21-year-old.
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“Rashford has got all of the ability in the world but you could tell his confidence was waning under the previous manager, it was getting lower and lower,” he told Monday Night Football on Sky.
“Ole has gone in there and said to him ‘we all know how good you are, just believe in yourself’, and he’s done that.
“When Rashford first came into the team we all knew what he could do. He kind of went away from that a little but now he’s back doing what he’s good at.”
Asked if Solskjaer should build teams around Rashford, Cole added: “He’s a baby, of course, you can.
“He came out the other day and said he was prepared to sign a new contract, so he’s telling everyone he wants to stay not only for the short haul but the long haul.
“You’ve got to build your team around the local boys, I was fortunate to do that in my time at Manchester United. Rashford will be one of the mainstays at the football club.”
"We all know this is possibly the most important appointment since Sir Alex left."
Andy Cole says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be Manchester United's permanent manager.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 28, 2019
Cole shared the dressing room with Solskjaer under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson in what was a decorated five-year spell in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
United are in action tonight against Wolves needing a victory to take them back to the top-four places.