Rashford reveals how Solskjaer has improved him as a striker

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Barclays Manager of the month Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and EA Sports Player of the Month Marcus Rashford pose at Aon Training Complex on February 07, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Premier League)

Marcus Rashford believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance at Manchester United has been a “massive help” towards his development as a striker.

Since Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford in December on an interim basis, Rashford has embarked on a superb run of form in his favoured centre-forward role.

The 21-year-old striker has scored six goals and provided three assists in 12 appearances under Solskjaer.

The caretaker manager, who scored 126 goals in 366 games as a forward for United, has even challenged Rashford to match the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

“For me, it’s been a massive help having that type of guidance around me,” Rashford told Sky Sports on Solskjaer’s role in his development.

“But he’s been working with all of the players with everything he’s got, you can see even the defenders are improving, the midfield is improving, the team’s improved overall but we understand we can still take more steps forward.

“He has that know-how, the understanding, that’s the kind of thing you just pick off naturally off these type of people.

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“Even not just out on the pitch, having conversations about it, it all adds up. It’s been a big turnaround. As long as we keep improving I don’t see why [he shouldn’t get the job permanently].”

The England international went on to reveal that Solskjaer has even encouraged both himself and teammates Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to aim high and possibly match the feats he achieved at United during his own playing career.

Aside from being a prolific scorer, Solskjaer also won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

The 45-year-old even famously scored the match-winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final at Barcelona.

Rashford added: “When we were in Dubai, we were having a bit of banter when the manager was speaking to me, Anthony [Martial] and Jesse [Lingard], and I just mentioned his goal in the Champions League final.

“He was quick to let us understand that with what we have in this team, anything is possible and it’s not far-fetched to say we can recreate those moments.”

United will host Solskjaer’s old rivals Liverpool in a Premier League match at Old Trafford in Sunday with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United gestures during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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