Solskjaer explains why he ‘had a go at’ Man Utd star

Joe Williams
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he “had a little bit of a go at” at Marcus Rashford in the first half of their 3-2 victory over Brighton on Saturday.

Bruno Fernandes converted from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game 10 minutes into added time to snatch three points for Man Utd from a crazy, incident-packed encounter.

Referee Chris Kavanagh had initially blown for full-time before awarding the spot-kick having consulted the pitchside monitor and opted to penalise Neal Maupay for handball.

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Solskjaer admitted his side were fortunate to avoid dropping points for the second successive match following last weekend’s .shock loss to Crystal Palace

Albion looked to have secured a point they more than merited when Solly March cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s fine solo effort – which Man Utd said was the 10,000th in their history – five minutes into the additional period.

But, after players from both teams surrounded match official Kavanagh during a remarkable ending to the game, Fernandes was the calmest man in the stadium as he confidently dispatched the ball from 12 yards.

Frenchman Maupay had earlier cheekily chipped Brigthon ahead from a 40th-minute penalty – his third goal in two games – following Fernandes’ foul on Tariq Lamptey.

Solskjaer was happy that Rashford got off the mark in the Premier League but admitted that he had to tell the forward off in the first half for shirking a tackle.

The Man Utd boss told reporters: “He was getting better and better but I had a little bit of a go at him just halfway through the first half for a tackle he evaded.

“But I think his reaction, his sharpness is getting better. He is more direct, his confidence is getting there, he scored a great goal and it was a great run and great finish for the one which was disallowed as well. I think Marcus will really kick on this season.”