Improve And Score More Goals Or Risk Being Replaced – Solskjaer Warns Martial And Rashford

For the first time since the 2010/2011 season, Manchester United is on course to have two players hit the 20-goal mark in the same campaign, in all competitions, the last 2 players to do it at United are Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez.  Anthony Martial scored his first senior career hat-trick in United’s game against Sheffield United last Thursday which took him level with Marcus Rashford on 19 goals this current campaign. While the academy graduate Mason Greenwood has found the back of the net 12 times already in his breakthrough season. Anthony Martial who has been at United for 5 seasons now finally seems to be reaching his full potential.
“I think all three that we have talked about have had a good development this season — but they can be so much better,” he said ahead of his side’s Premier League match at Brighton on Tuesday.
“All three, I’m still waiting to see them blossom because there’s parts of their game that they still need to improve on.”
Odion Ighalo arrived on loan in January to bolster United’s attacking options and Solskjaer said the strikers know his desire for them to improve comes with a need to “make decisions for the team and the club”.
“If you think you’ve got a divine right to be playing every game and doing so well that we’re not going to look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place,” he said.
“I’ve been here for so many years myself as a striker and Teddy Sheringham comes in, Dwight Yorke comes in, Ruud van Nistelrooy comes in, Wayne Rooney comes in.
“We’ve always got to look at improving. And if they don’t improve, well, we might have to look somewhere else to get better because we have to be better.
“We’re too far away from where we need to be and want to be.”
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford Replacing Anthony Martial 2017/2018 season

United, unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions, are sixth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.
Solskjaer dismissed the notion that United have an easy run-in, with matches against a group of relegation strugglers to come.
“It’s the Premier League, with quality players and quality teams, so I would never ever say ‘this is an easy game’ in the Premier League,” he said. “Absolutely no chance.” Photo Credit: Getty

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