Solskjaer fires warn­ing

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER United for­wards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will get all the help they need to im­prove their form but it is up to them to take their chances on the pitch, care­taker boss Ole Gun­nar Solskjaer said yes­ter­day.

Sanchez has scored only one goal in the Premier League this sea­son with in­juries and patchy form re­strict­ing him to five starts, while Lukaku has not fired on all cylin­ders with six goals in 16 ap­pear­ances.

Ahead of to­mor­row’s game against Bournemouth, Solskjaer was asked if he could have an im­pact on his front men just like he has done with mid­fielder Paul Pogba, who scored twice and made two as­sists in the last two games un­der the Nor­we­gian.

“I don’t agree I’ve done that with Paul and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance,” Solskjaer told a news con­fer­ence.

“That’s the name of the game when you’re a foot­baller. You’ve got to do it your­self. Yes, you want help from your man­ager and your team-mates.

“I’m here to help them, guide them on the path, and then it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.”

Pogba strug­gled to in­flu­ence games un­der for­mer boss José Mour­inho this sea­son amid a re­ported rift be­tween the pair but the France World Cup win­ner has played with more free­dom un­der Solskjaer who has backed his team to ex­press them­selves.

“I give them guide­lines. There’s been loads of talk about free­dom of ex­pres­sion, but that’s how I’ve al­ways been as a man­ager. You can’t tell all the play­ers what to do.

“They’re here for a rea­son — they’re good play­ers. It’s up to them to use their imag­i­na­tion, cre­ativ­ity and en­joy play­ing for this club, be­cause that’s the best time of your life,” he added.

Lukaku, Sanchez and An­thony Mar­tial all trained on Thurs­day af­ter miss­ing Wed­nes­day’s 3-1 league win over Hud­der­s­field Town, while de­fender Chris Smalling is likely to be out un­til the game at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on Jan­uary 13. — Reuters.

“They’re here for a rea­son — they’re good play­ers. It’s up to them to use their imag­i­na­tion, cre­ativ­ity and en­joy play­ing for this club, be­cause that’s the best time of your life.”

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