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Solskjaer sends a strong warning to star Man United duo ahead of Europa League quarter-finals

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends a warning to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial ahead of their Europa League campaign.

Both Rashford and Martial have enjoyed prolific seasons and are involved in a race to finish as the club’s top scorer. As of today, Martial has 23 while Rashford is just one behind with 22.

Although healthy competition is good, Solskajer is against such rivalries spilling over at the cost of the team.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial ahead of their Europa League campaign.
Anthony Martial (L) and Marcus Rashford (R) have been prolific for Manchester United

Being part of a team is something that the United boss understands. He was part of a United quartet that also included Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham.

Although Martial recently admitted that the competition from Rashford drives him on, Solskajer was quick to dismiss any animosity among the two.

“You see how Anthony and Marcus play together — they are always willing to give each other the gift of an open goal.”

The Norwegian believes players must rally for a cause as a team and look out for each other. He also revealed that anyone found playing for themselves at the cost of the team has no place in his squad.

Solskjaer expects his players to put the team ahead of themselves
Solskjaer expects his players to put the team ahead of themselves

“If I ever sense players playing for themselves, their own accolades and personal awards, I won’t have them in the team.”

Solskajer admitted that he is not a fan of players with egos. Individual awards have their own place, but as long as it comes at the cost of the team, it will not amount to much.

“If you win as a team, it doesn’t matter if you have scored 15 goals or 30. It only matters that you have contributed.”

United last won the Europa League in 2017
United last won the Europa League in 2017

He went on to take the example of former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Dutchman had a serious appetite for goals but never let it come in the way for the greater good for his team.

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Rashford and Martial have shown in recent weeks that they have taken their performances up a notch. It does not matter who ends the season as the top scorer if we end it trophyless.

Hopefully, Solskajer will have driven home that point. The duo will now have an opportunity to add to their tally when they take on FC Copenhagen.