Solskjaer: Man Utd want third place – and more goals

Date published: Wednesday 24th June 2020 9:49 - Jo Harrison


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that Manchester United are aiming for third place after dispatching of Sheffield United on Wednesday.

The Red Devils clinched a deserved 3-0 win thanks to Anthony Martial scoring their first Premier League hat-trick in seven years.

The result keeps United firmly in the hunt for a Champions League berth, as they marked their return to Old Trafford with their first win since the resumption of the Premier League.

Despite Martial showing his clinical instincts, Solskjaer said after the game that United can still get better in front of goal – and he is also dreaming of a higher finish than fourth place.

“Very pleased with the performance but there is still more to come,” said Solskjaer.

“We could and should have scored more goals to put the game to bed before half-time. It is always worrying going into half-time knowing you should have scored goals.

“The way we controlled the game, pressed and stopped them playing, [I’m] very happy with it. Still more to come and we shouldn’t be 100 per cent happy with it.

“I have never said fourth is our aim. We would like third and there are two cups for us.”

Solskjaer had words of praise for the hat-trick hero, Martial. And it appeared the treble was no mistake, as the manager revealed two of the goals came from training routines.

“Very happy for Anthony when you get a hat-trick. It’s just unfortunate he didn’t celebrate with our fans.

“I think the first goal – I think that’s a vital goal as well today – but the way he turned and got himself into a position to score from Marcus’ cross, I was very pleased with that one.

“He’s getting more and more into those positions. He nearly got a goal against Tottenham as well, great turn and finish and great save by [Hugo] Lloris. Anthony’s in good form.

“The third goal was a great goal. But for me the first and the second were better. He’s in the box, ready to go. We have worked on that, getting in the box in that situation more often.

“At the near post he showed composure and I think, as I said, the first goal was vital the way he turns and gets himself into a position to score from Marcus’s cross; very pleased with that.”


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