Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Marcus Rashford’s best position and has revealed how he wants to develop the Manchester United forward into a ‘great goalscorer’.
The England international has come under criticism this season for his performances during United’s disappointing start to the new Premier League campaign, having been tasked with being the club’s attacking focal point following the departure of Romelu Lukaku and injury to Anthony Martial.
Many have debated whether the 21-year-old is better suited to playing centrally or out wide, though Solskjaer insists Rashford is capable of fulfilling a variety of roles, though maybe not as a lone striker.
The Manchester United boss admits the forward has perhaps played more football than intended due to the club’s lack of options, but has backed the player improve and hopes he can aid Rashford’s development into a prolific goalscorer.
Rashford cuts back on the left and bends one into the far corner. Wonderful strike
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 14, 2019
“Well, at the moment we can’t really give him a break because we’ve had injuries,” Solskjaer said in an interview with Gary Neville for Sky Sports.
”Anthony [Martial] has been out for eight weeks now. So he’s had to play loads more football than I’d hoped.
“Marcus is a centre forward who can play left, right and as a No 10. He wants to be able to play all the positions. I want him to be facing the goal, I want to be direct and attacking quickly, so at the moment I see him coming in off the left or as part of a two up front.
“Marcus’ movement is great, but maybe we just need to give him a game or two of rest because he’s played a lot. Sometimes, because he’s a young boy with lots of expectations on his shoulders, he’s played four or five seasons now, and yet he’s still not even 22 yet.
“He’s a scorer of great goals, as he did for England. I want him to become a great goalscorer – and that’s a different mentality. At the moment, he’s learning his trade.”