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Solskjaer admits he must find answer to Man Utd’s ‘$100 million’ question

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:31, 16 April 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Manchester United must solve the “$100 million question” by helping his strikers get over their current lack of cutting edge.

United face Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night, trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

Man Utd’s issues in front of goal: Five key things to know…

  1. Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford both scored when United won 3-1 at PSG in the Champions League round-of-16.
  2. However, since then, United have scored just six goals in six matches across all competitions.
  3. It took two Paul Pogba penalties for the Red Devils to overcome West Ham at the weekend.
  4. Rashford has scored just once across United’s last six games, while Lukaku has failed to register since his double in Paris.
  5. Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three outings.

Solskjaer is full of belief United can turn the scoreline around and reach the semi-finals with another comeback victory over top European opposition.

But the Norwegian has admitted he doesn’t know exactly how to overcome the team’s lack of cutting edge.

“That’s the $100million question. Who can score them? That’s why the best strikers are the most expensive ones,” Solskjaer said.

“We had a couple of decent chances (in the first leg), but when you can’t work the goalkeeper, you can’t score. We know we’ll create chances, we have a goal threat, it’s about taking a deep breath and taking those chances.”

He added: “It (scoring) is very important. We need to score goals and if it’s Rom, Jesse (Lingard), Alexis (Sanchez), Marcus – we need big performances.

“Whoever starts tomorrow (Tuesday) when they’re on the pitch we want to see some good form. We weren’t good enough against them (in the first leg).”

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Sanchez can prove a point against Barcelona – Solskjaer

Solskjaer also spoke about Alexis Sanchez, who has returned from a knee injury and could play a part from the bench against his former club.

The Chilean has struggled to replicate his Arsenal form since arriving at Old Trafford in January last year, but Solskjaer believes his experience of the Nou Camp could help United.

“Of course for Alexis, who’s been here and played here, when he’s on the pitch he wants to prove a point for us as well,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s been injured – he’s not had a fantastic season so far and let’s hope he can end the season great.

“We’re in the business end, playing games Man United are used to playing. We’re challenging for a semi-final – let’s hope Alexis, when he’s on the pitch, he can be happy with his performance.”