Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes scoring more tap-ins will enable Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to reach Cristiano Ronaldo’s level.
Since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in December both Martial and Rashford have enjoyed an upturn in form in their new favourable roles.
Perhaps the biggest indication that things have definitely changed at Old Trafford for the better was Thursday’s big news in that Martial had signed a new long-term contract after previously turning United down.
The French forward has scored eight times in 18 Premier League appearances this season for United and will be hoping to continue his strong performances as the Red Devils chase a top-four finish in the Premier League.
But Solskjaer has now issued Martial and Rashford, perhaps, the greatest challenge that any footballer can undertake today in emulating a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Ronaldo by becoming more lethal in front of goal.
“That [emulating Ronaldo] is up to any player if you make a decision on how to develop your own career,” said Solskjaer, according to FourFourTwo.
“Cristiano was the best, the way he’s changed to now. That’s part of any player, you’ve got to model yourself on someone, but you’ve got to have more challenges ahead of you and for Marcus and Anthony it is to score more simple tap-ins.
“He [Martial] has the capability [to score 20 goals in a season] but I’d like him to make a few more runs in behind, because he doesn’t miss chances, he’s a fantastic finisher.
“He needs to get more chances, you’ve got to read and sniff wherever there’s a chance, maybe some scruffy goals at times. Him and Marcus score loads of worldly goals but those tap-ins and making them runs could go a long way to do that.”
Interestedly, Solskjaer then went on to tease that the duo could end forming a devasting attacking partnership at Old Trafford in the upcoming years.
“Yeah, it’s healthy competition but they can also create a relationship and get an understanding of each other because both are very good coming in off the left,” added Solskjaer.
“If one plays central then it’s opposite movements because they go out to in, but when they play central they go in to out, so in the coming years we’ll see loads of combinations between those two.”
United will take a trip to the King Power Stadium on Sunday to take on Leicester City in a Premier League match with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).
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