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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urges Man Utd strikers to learn “easy goals” lesson

By James Richards

Published: 12:24, 19 August 2019

Manchester United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer has urged his forwards to learn how to score more “easy goals” as they bid to reclaim a place in the top four.

The former striker has plenty of attacking options but wants to his front line to become poachers and master the art of finding the net from simple situations.

Who will be United’s poacher? Five key things to know…

  • United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter this summer.
  • They have both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial who can play up top.
  • Solskjaer surprised Chelsea by playing Martial down the middle and Rashford on the left.
  • United hit four against Frank Lampard’s side on matchday one.
  • Solskjaer is keen for his players to operate in a variety of roles.

United take on Wolves on Monday evening in their second Premier League game of the campaign. They will be looking to make it two wins from two when they travel to Molineux to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.

Solskjaer has an attacking conundrum to solve following a brilliant opening day win against Chelsea. When quizzed about his forward options the former striker was quick to praise the versatility of his players while also admitting he’d like to see them net a few simple strikes this season.

“Anthony has had spells where he has played as No.9 under Louis van Gaal and then on the left in the last few years. I think him and Marcus are capable of playing both positions,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“Sometimes it will be Marcus through the middle and Anthony on the left – or Dan James on the left and maybe one of them on the right.

“But, of course, the goals are scored between the posts and not the ‘worldies’ that we’ve seen both of them score – Marcus and Anthony – curlers in the top corner.”

“I want both of them to score the easy goals. You don’t have to work too hard to score them.”

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Who is the more ‘natural’ finisher?

Both Rashford and Martial have scored some beautiful goals in their time with United but the club would certainly benefit from a poacher in the mould of Andy Cole.

Lukaku’s departure may be easy to absorb for the fans but his physicality will surely be missed. Solskjaer still has options and smiled when he was asked who was the most natural finisher between Rashford and Martial.

Solskjaer said: “They’ve both got a way to go because Mason Greenwood is more of a natural finisher.”

After taking on Wolves, United are back at home to face Crystal Palace next weekend.

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