Solskjaer backs Rashford in Lukaku’s absence

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed his faith in Marcus Rashford to fill Manchester United’s goal-scoring void as uncertainty around the future of star striker Romelu Lukaku continues to grow.

Rashford scored United’s opener in a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

It was a scuffed attempt from Rashford on his weaker left foot which skimmed into the bottom right corner of the goal, but the scruffy finish was what Solskjaer said he hoped to see more of from his young star throughout the 2019/20 season.

Photo: Ngau Kai Yan

“It was a pleasant goal to watch because it wasn’t a typically Marcus goal,” Solskjaer said.

“Normally when Marcus scores it’s a wonder goal.

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“I’ve been on him to add those scrappy goals or instinctive goals from inside the box and that was a great finish, not the best strike on the ball but if you hit it low and hard, it might go in.

“It was a great turn and the instinct was there, just finishing. He’s working on it and practising a lot.”

With the murky clouds around Lukaku’s United future refusing to dissipate Rashford may be Solskjaer’s number one man up front come August 11 when United begin the Premier League campaign against Chelsea.

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Solskjaer continued to bat away rumours of an apparent bid from Inter Milan for Lukaku after his side’s comfortable win over Perth, hinting the Belgian striker could feature in the clash with Leeds United at Optus Stadium on Wednesday night.

“He should be fit for Wednesday, he trained with the team yesterday but it wasn’t useful to risk him today to be fair,” Solskjaer said.

“There have been so many speculations (about his future).

“Let’s see when the season starts, we’ve not had any bids (for Lukaku) we are considering.”

Lukaku scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for United last season, and although Rashford contributed a career-high 10 goals himself Solskjaer would need him to dramatically increase his goal output if Lukaku were to seal a move away before the start of the season.

But Solskjaer is confident Rashford has something that something special needed to become a great Manchester United striker.

Photo: Ngau Kai Yan

I don’t know any other feeling than goals are the most important thing,” Solskjaer said.

“That should be in you when you’re a striker, and it is in Marcus to be fair.”

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