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Solksjaer reveals the key principles to being a great striker

Ever wondered what it takes to be a great goalscorer? Well, Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the key principles to becoming one.

While he may not be one of the iconic names in world football, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will forever go down as a Manchester United legend for his goalscoring exploits during his playing days at Old Trafford, when the baby faced assassin scored 126 goals in 366 games for the Red Devils, including that goal in the Champions League final in 1999.

Now in his role as Man Utd caretaker boss, he is seemingly passing on his goalscoring expertise to the likes of Marcus Rashford, who has netted in all of his last four outings, with some of the England international’s finishing displaying a previously unseen calmness and precision.

With Solskjaer’s United facing Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round this evening, the Norwegian was asked what are the top three attributes that a world class striker should have.

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“Obviously, it’s not easy to put just three, but I think first of all, from my experience, you need to know what you are going to do,” Solksjaer told the BBC.

“I think that was my biggest thing, that I studied finishers, I studied goals.

“Then, you have to be able to do it, so it’s back on the field, practising on the [training] pitch, and then, get into positions. Learn the game again.

“So for me, know what you are doing, be able to do it, and be in the right position.”

He then went on to say that having the confidence to put all of those three things into practice is maybe the most important factor.

“Mentality is important,” he added. “Do all of the thinking on the training pitch.

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“You have got to be relaxed, you can’t be stressed and think ‘don’t miss,’ you’ve got to think ‘ah finally, there’s a chance’ and then you just finish.

“If you think ‘don’t miss’ – and I’ve done that a couple of times – and you miss, so be confident and trust yourself.”

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