Solskjaer urges Sanchez, Lukaku to step up at Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to prove how good they are when they get a chance in the Manchester United side.

The Norwegian has guided the Red Devils to back-to-back wins in his first couple of matches in charge following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Paul Pogba has been revitalised under Solskjaer after struggling for form under the previous manager.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has failed to impress since his arrival from Arsenal last January and Lukaku has now only scored six goals in all competitions this campaign.

And Solskjaer wants the United pair to follow Pogba’s lead by picking themselves up and improving their own form.

“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. Paul has done it himself. The players have done the performances,” Solskjaer said.

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

“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. 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 give them some 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 are here for a reason – they are good players. It’s up to them to use their imagination, creativity and enjoy playing for this club, because that is the best time of your life. It’s not a bad time being a manager either, for a little while.”


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