Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku should step up and take their probabilities for Manchester United as they close to a return to full health.
Each gamers have been underwhelming for United to this point this season, with Lukaku scoring simply six occasions in all competitions, whereas Sanchez has discovered the online simply 4 occasions since transferring to Outdated Trafford in January.
Paul Pogba was one other participant who was struggling beneath earlier supervisor Jose Mourinho, and located himself relegated to the bench throughout the latter phases of the Portuguese’s reign.
Nevertheless, he has been revitalised beneath Solskjaer and, though he rejected ideas he’s liable for the midfielder’s improved kind, the Norwegian urged Sanchez and Lukaku to observe Pogba’s lead.
“I can not do something for his or her performances on the pitch. Paul has performed it himself. The gamers have performed the performances,” Solskjaer stated forward of United’s match in opposition to Bournemouth.
“I’m right here to assist them, information them on the trail, after which it’s as much as them to do it on the pitch.
“I don’t agree I’ve performed that with Paul, and I can try this with Romelu and Alexis. It’s as much as them once they get an opportunity. That’s the secret whenever you’re a footballer. You’ve received to do it your self.
“Sure you need assist out of your supervisor and your teammates. I give them some pointers. There’s been a great deal of speak about freedom of expression, however that’s how I’ve at all times been as a supervisor.
“You possibly can’t inform all of the gamers what to do. They’re right here for a cause – they’re good gamers. It’s as much as them to make use of their creativeness, creativity and luxuriate in enjoying for this membership, as a result of that’s the greatest time of your life. It’s not a nasty time being a supervisor both, for a short while.”
Solskjaer additionally had reward for Antonio Valencia, one other participant who had fallen out of favour beneath Mourinho, and confirmed he’ll stay membership captain throughout the caretaker supervisor’s reign at Outdated Trafford.
He stated: “Antonio is the captain. When he’s correctly match and enjoying, he’ll put on the armband.
“He’s going by a few robust classes to get him prepared for the busy interval. There usually are not many higher proper backs going ahead.”
In the meantime Solskjaer confirmed Chris Smalling would doubtless miss United’s subsequent three matches with a foot damage.