Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

United forwards are primed to flourish

Wednesday 15 July 2020 10:30

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his forwards can make hay as we approach the final matches of the 2019/20 season.

The Reds have three strikers who are competing at the top of the scorers' charts, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford taking their tallies to 21 in all competitions this term by hitting the net in the 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Teenager Mason Greenwood has an impressive 16 goals in his first full campaign, including nine in the Premier League.

Of course, the United boss knows how it feels to be a centre-forward on the top of his game and he can sense the positive vibes from his attacking players, with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes capable of supplying the ammunition from midfield.

Solskjaer reckons the healthy competition to be leading marksman is perfect for any attacker, saying: "It's great when you're a striker, scoring goals and feeling on top of your game; feeling fit and strong. Both of them [Martial and Rashford] are fit and strong.

“Mason as well, he's coming into the frame. He's not looked back since the restart and it's been fantastic to see them in the training ground as well. And the way they look for each other. It's like, is he in the better position or am I going to finish? They're all team players and it's been very positive."

Martial was our Man of the Match after another splendid showing against the Saints and has clearly been working on his all-round game in the central attacking role. It was his hold-up play that created Rashford's strike last time out and he will be keen to continue his fine form against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

"He's definitely developing, improving and he's enjoying his football," added Ole. "He's stepped it up as an individual and a team player and physically. I remember there were talks about our strikers being the least active but Anto is really working hard for the team, pressing from the front and he's a really quality finisher."

Team news prior to Crystal Palace clash


In his press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.

Rashford scored his second goal since the restart on Monday and is looking like regaining his top form after recovering from a back injury earlier in the year. His work off the pitch also continues to gain the recognition it deserves, as he has been awarded an honorary degree by The University of Manchester.

"We're so proud of Marcus and I've said it a few times, what a great person he is, a great human being," said Ole. "He cares about so much more than himself and the work he's done, it just shows that he cares so much about others than himself. So I'm very proud of him and, hopefully, he'll keep his personality for the rest of his life, just keep on being yourself."

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