Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Marcus Rashford to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring more goals from within the penalty area for Manchester United.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable run of form since Solskjaer was appointed caretaker manager in December for United.

In his favoured centre-forward, Rashford has managed seven goals and four assists in his last 16 appearances and is even being compared to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.

In Wednesday’s famous comeback victory at PSG, Rashford scored arguably the most important goal of his young career after coolly slotting in a 94th-minute penalty to send United through to the quarter-finals.

But, for Solskjaer, Rashford can still go on to reach even further heights as a goalscorer and regularly challenges him to match Romelu Lukaku.

“You don’t really see too much of a change in a player in three months,” said Solskjaer on the club website.

“He’s 21, so you’re excused if sometimes you really hit the highs and then sometimes, you’re a little bit off the pace.

”To be fair to Rashy, you don’t expect the consistency yet in all of his play, but he’s always got the quality. His finishing, his striking of the ball, his attitude, those [attributes] are always going to be with him.

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“I keep battering him with it [the suggestion] that he also should score as many goals as Rom [Lukaku], after the training session’s finished. He should always get them simple tap-ins, finishes like Rom’s scored in the last few games.”

The Norwegian hopes Rashford will develop in a similar way to United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

He added: “Rashy’s goals sometimes are ‘worldies’ and he does have a sensational strike of the ball, but you can see the improvement, maturity and change in Cristiano’s [type of] goals from when he was young to now.

”He scores more from inside the box now and that’s what Rashy has to improve as well – his tap-ins, his movement in the box.

“He needs to stay in the box and maybe get away from the centre-backs a few more times. He could get five to 10 extra goals by staying in the box, he’s been told that.“

United will take on Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on January 19, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

 

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