Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole delighted with United's goalscorers

Monday 01 April 2019 10:06

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is delighted with the number of goals our leading scorers have notched so far this season.

Four players have already reached double figures in the Premier League this season - Romelu Lukaku (12), Paul Pogba (11), Marcus Rashford (10) and Anthony Martial (10). It's the first time this has happened since the 1995/96 campaign.

With so many attacking options at his disposal, Ole believes it is difficult for opposition defences to find ways of preventing United from finding the back of the net.
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“It’s very important,” the boss told the assembled media in his press conference, ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I'm surprised that it's so long ago [since we had four players in double figures in the league] because I thought maybe me and Teddy [Sheringham], [Andrew] Coley and [Dwight] Yorkie had more than that.

“To have more sources of goals, that gives the opposition a different challenge. They know goals could come from different angles and we still have a few more that can challenge and should get to double figures really.”

Two of the Reds’ attacking quartet - Rashford and Martial - were on target again on Saturday when United triumphed 2-1 against Watford at Old Trafford in Ole's first match as permanent manager.
However, one man who didn't feature at the weekend was Lukaku, who has struggled in recent weeks with a foot injury. But Ole insisted both he and Martial should be fit to take on Wolves.

“Yeah, both will be ready for tomorrow, definitely,” said the boss. “So, unless they break down in training today [Monday], but it looks good yeah.”

The last occasion the Reds took on Nuno Espirito Santo's side was in last month’s 2-1 Emirates FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Molineux.

While it was a disappointing evening for the Reds, Ole has said the lads will have learned from that defeat almost three weeks ago.

“We have to [learn from our mistakes] because, if we turn up against a good team and they are not performing at our level, we will get the result that we will deserve.
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“Last time we didn't really play well enough against them, or with enough tempo against them. It was a different kind of game to many others for us.

“We had the ball 70 per cent of the time, but sometimes possession doesn't mean that you are going to create chances and score goals.”

Tuesday’s game could be a vital one for the Reds in the fight for a top-four place, with just one point currently separating Tottenham Hotspur in third and Chelsea in sixth.

United are presently fifth in the table but, depending on how results over the next few days pan out, we could finish this midweek round of fixtures in third place.
Ole feels the Reds are in a fantastic position to finish in the top four.

“Champions League next year would be fantastic and we've put ourselves in a great position,” said Ole. 

“When we came, me and Mick [Phelan], or when the change came three months ago, we were 11 points behind. Now we're in that position, so we've just got to go into the next seven games with the same attitude we have done.

“We go into the games with nothing to lose. Let's go for it, see where it takes us and now when we've got into this position, it doesn't mean or that means keep carrying on.

“Don't change your approach on how to attack games. Against Wolves in the FA Cup, we got more of the ball and it's about us dominating, sometimes you have to defend well, but the intention has to be attack when we've got the ball."

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