MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to prove they belong in his crew.
The pair are in rivalry to function towards Bournemouth on Sunday after lacking the primary two video games of Solskjaer’s reign.
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The Norwegian has already had an impression on Paul Pogba’s type since taking up from Jose Mourinho and the 45-year-old says it’s up to Sanchez and Lukaku to comply with the Frenchman’s instance and use the recent begin to get again to their greatest.
“I can’t do something for his or her performances on the pitch,” Solskjaer instructed a information convention on Friday. “I am right here to give them the trail and it is up to them to do it on the pitch. It is up to them after they get an opportunity that is the secret as a footballer. You have acquired to do it your self.”
Lukaku, who’s again after compassionate depart, has managed simply six objectives this season whereas Sanchez, who has recovered from a hamstring harm, has scored solely as soon as this time period.
Pogba additionally struggled for type throughout a disappointing begin to the season however the midfielder has been one of many stars of Solskjaer’s first two video games, scoring twice within the Three-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
“I believe Paul is a prime, prime participant,” Solskjaer mentioned. “He is the most effective, the highest, prime gamers on the planet. He is been prime class and we’re trying to construct a crew round him after all however there are such a lot of high quality gamers.”
United might win a 3rd consecutive Premier League sport for the primary time this season after they face Bournemouth at Previous Trafford on Sunday. It is usually an opportunity to shut the hole on the highest 4 after beginning the second half of the season eight factors off the Champions League locations regardless of snug wins over Cardiff and Huddersfield.
“Everytime you win video games everybody’s completely satisfied so let’s maintain that run going,” Solskjaer mentioned. “These two video games have been unbelievable. My first sport and first sport at Previous Trafford, that is new, and we want to maintain that momentum going towards Bournemouth. If you lose a sport you won’t see many smiles about.”
Solskjaer has additionally confirmed Antonio Valencia is nearing a comeback from harm and will stay membership captain when he returns to the crew. The United caretaker boss was much less optimistic about Chris Smalling’s health and revealed the defender might have to wait till the journey to Tottenham on Jan. 13 due to a foot harm.
“Antonio is the captain when match,” he mentioned. “He is going by means of a few robust classes now to get him prepared for the busy interval. There usually are not many higher proper backs going ahead.
“Smalling has acquired a sore foot so I do not assume we’ll see him till the New Yr, perhaps not earlier than Spurs. Marcos [Rojo] and Scott [McTominay] appear to be they’ll participate soon.”