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Solskjaer refuses to set ‘counter-productive’ goal targets for Manchester United forwards

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has not set any specific goal targets for any of his players, calling it ‘counter-productive’.

It has been a difficult start to the season for Manchester United; the Red Devils currently sit 11th in the Premier League, although a win against Aston Villa this afternoon would propel them up to fifth.

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to allow Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave the club without bringing in replacements, the pressure is on the Norwegian’s current attacking options to take on the goalscoring responsibility.

However, as a former striker himself, the United boss admits that he hasn’t set the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Dan James any goal targets for the season, saying they should simply focus on scoring their next goal.

“I won’t be setting goal targets for Marcus, Anthony or any of my players because it’s counter-productive,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.

“The only thing I demand from my forwards is that they do all the things we work on in training to give themselves the best chance of scoring. That means getting into good positions, keeping yourself moving and concentrating on finding the best shot or header possible. That philosophy stood me in good stead when I was a player.

“Some of the other lads I played with set themselves targets at the start of each season — and it worked for them. But I always wondered why strikers would give themselves one thing extra to worry about.

“I never set myself targets in terms of goals because, no matter how many times I hit the back of the net, I always wondered where my next goal was going to come from.

“I always felt that setting players certain targets put them under a level of extra pressure they don’t need.

“If you score a goal, that’s great. Then you focus on scoring the next one.”

So far, Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s top scorer in the Premier League with seven, while Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Dan James have all netted three times.

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