MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly told Marcus Rashford he wants 20 goals from him this season, days before the striker’s brace against Chelsea.
Rashford silenced his critics in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford, opening the scoring from the penalty spot before confidently slotting past Kepa Arrizabalaga in the second half.
The England international has regularly featured for United for over four seasons now but his highest goal tally across all competitions in a single campaign is 13.
Following Romelu Lukaku’s £73million departure to Inter Milan, there is more pressure on Rashford’s shoulders and, according to The Sun, Solskjaer privately spoke with the striker last week to set targets for the season.
Solskjaer is believed to have worked with Rashford on his movement in the penalty area to add another string to his bow, with the 21-year-old accustomed to playing on the shoulder of the last defender and running in behind.
The report claims an Old Trafford source said: “Ole sat down with Marcus last week. It was all very positive.
“It was for about half an hour for a chat about some of the things he wants to see more from him.
“Ole will be helping him more with his movement inside the penalty area and to play a little closer to goal.
“He has been too reliant on the ball over the top but will now expect more slide passing down the side of the two centre halves.”
Rashford’s second on Sunday came from a beautifully-weighted ball over the top from Paul Pogba but the test of his movement in and around the box will come against sides who sit deeper, such as Wolves on Monday.
The academy graduate is said to have shown a different attitude in the wake of Lukaku and appears motivated to become United’s main man up top.
Competition up front is high, though, with Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Alexis Sanchez also vying for spots.
Rashford did start on the left against the Blues but continued to drift inside and often found himself in central positions.
Speaking to Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports about playing wide, he said: “It’s the same. It’s just a bit more defensive duties but I think as time goes along we’ll definitely get better at it.
“We have other players on the bench who have been working on the same things so it doesn’t really matter which personnel is one the pitch, as long as we stick to the gameplan.
“We’ve got players that can go between both positions so it’s looking good but we still have a lot to work on.”