In week 12 of the Premier League, Manchester United had to swallow the bitter pill. They lost 4-1 to Watford, a team that is bottom of the Premier League. After the match, management and club officials held a meeting to determine the fate of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As of November 21, 2021, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no longer the manager of Manchester United. He was sacked after serving 149 games since being appointed in the middle of the 2018/209 season.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , Manchester United scored 283 goals in all competitions. And below are 5 players who are the mainstay of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in scoring goals.
Marcus Rashford : The player that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can rely on in terms of scoring goals is Marcus Rashfrod. The original player who was educated by the Manchester United academy has penetrated the Red Devils main squad since January 1, 2016. Jose Mourinho who made Rashford able to make his debut with the Manchester United first team.
The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 2018 made Rashford shine even more. He has become one of the most promising young talents in the Premier League. Even though he is only 24 years old, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not hesitate to make Rashford the spearhead of his team, before the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this season.
Under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rashfrod managed to create 55 goals in 135 games in all competitions that the Red Devils participated in. Rashford also provided 34 assists to his teammates.
Bruno Fernandes : In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 formation, he needs a playmaker who can manage the game and be the motor of attack. Players like Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira have tried, but failed. Until finally arrived a Portuguese player named Bruno Fernandes.
Bruno was brought in by Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020 for a fee of 63 million euros, or around Rp. 1 trillion. Finally Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has found the missing piece of the puzzle in his squad.
Bruno, who was plotted as a playmaker, did his job well. Not only providing feedback, he also has a high goal-scoring instinct. For an attacking midfielder, 44 goals is a very high achievement. Not to mention the 35 assists he created in 97 Red Devils matches under the Norwegian coach.
Anthony Martial : Playing well with AS Monaco in the 2014/2015 season and winning the 2015 Golden Boy Awards, Manchester United did not hesitate to spend 60 million euros or equivalent to Rp. 1 trillion to bring in Anthony Martial. At that time, Martial was only 19 years old and became one of the Red Devils’ long-term prospects. He became the main striker for the Red Devils under Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
Flexibility on the pitch allows Martial to be placed in the position of attacker and winger . Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes this a lot, because he can rotate the players he has.
Martial is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s mainstay players in the matter of breaking into the opponent’s goal. Martial paid for that trust with 35 goals in 111 games in all competitions.
Mason Greenwood : Mason Greenwood is a product of the original Manchester United academy. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the manager who gave Greenwood the opportunity to make his debut in the Red Devils first team. The 2018/2019 Champions League last 16 match against PSG was Greenwood’s debut with the Manchester United team, even though he only played 3 minutes.
In the remainder of the 2018/2019 season, Greenwood appeared in 3 Premier League matches against Arsenal, West Ham and Cardiff City. However, since his debut season with Manchester United, Greenwood has often graced the starting eleven for the Red Devils. He operates on the right wing and can also play as a centre-forward.
The 20-year-old has made 119 appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In that number of games, Greenwood managed to score 33 goals in all competitions and he provided 11 assists for his team-mates’ goals.
Paul Pogba : Performing well with Juventus and bringing France to the final of Euro 2016, it is no wonder that the price of Paul Pogba has soared. Not to mention that he is under the agency of Mino Raiola, an agent who is famous for selling expensive players. Manchester United did not hesitate to spend 105 million euros or around Rp. 1.8 trillion at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season.
Pogba became a mainstay in the Manchester United midfield , both in the era of Jose Mourinho and the era of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba has always performed well in every game for the Red Devils, despite suffering a severe injury in the 2019/2020 season, but Pogba has bounced back and secured his position as a central midfielder at Old Trafford.
As a midfielder, Pogba’s main task is to provide assists to his teammates to score goals. He certainly succeeded, because Pogba made 27 assists under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Not only assists, Pogba is also productive in scoring goals, 18 goals from 104 matches are the goal records that Pogba scored.
With the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, what is their fate? Will they remain the focus of The Red Devils in scoring? Or not?