Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for ‘more goals’ from his side after watching Manchester United move within two points of the Champions League places with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United.
Anthony Martial was the star of an impressive display from the Red Devils at Old Trafford, scoring the first hat-trick of his senior career to seal a precious three points against the overwhelmed visitors.
Martial’s treble took the Frenchman to 19 goals in all competitions so far this season and stretched Manchester United‘s unbeaten run to 13 games in all competitions, whilst a fine attacking display was helped by the return of Paul Pogba to the starting lineup for the first time since September.
Solskjaer praised what was a thoroughly dominant performance, admitting his side played some ‘fantastic football at times’, though was keen for his side to be more clinical after a number of early chances went begging.
“We played some fantastic football at times, [but] it should have been out of sight earlier,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “It’s the one criticism I can come up with that we go into half-time with a 100 per cent feeling that this is finished.
“But we produced a very good second half, controlled, dominated.
“When the opponent has one shot in the whole game, you know you have done some stuff other than just playing well. We pressed well, we ran, we worked hard…but we need to score more goals early on, so we can rest.”
The Norwegian also discussed United’s unbeaten record either side of the Premier League’s suspension, whilst crediting his side’s defensive strength with 10 clean sheets and just three goals conceded during that run.
“Yeah, it’s brilliant. That’s what we are saying about the pressing from the front, the strikers, the whole team is dialled in. We know we have to work hard to earn that right to win and earn the right to play football. If you defend well, you get most of the ball anyway, so I’m very pleased with the defensive record.”
Manchester United are next in action this weekend when they travel to face Norwich in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, whilst Sheffield United meet Arsenal in their last eight tie on Sunday.