Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Marcus Rashford additional finishing lessons amid concerns over his conversion rate, according to reports.
Rashford has contributed 15 goals and five assists in all competitions this season but has only found the back of the net once in his last eight appearances.
That goal came in a man-of-the-match display against Liverpool in the FA Cup at the weekend but his poor performance against Sheffield United highlighted his need to maintain those high standards.
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The England international’s shot conversion is one of the worst of players who have scored seven Premier League goals or more.
And now ESPN claims that Rashford ‘has been given additional finishing lessons’ by Solskjaer with ‘concern among club coaches he is becoming too predictable’.
The ESPN report adds:
‘There is a view within United’s coaching team that Rashford has become over-reliant on his favoured technique of attempting to beat goalkeepers with power. Sources told ESPN Solskjaer believes Rashford will score more if he develops a broader repertoire when he has chances to score. The United manager has urged Rashford to work on other elements, such as controlled finishing by passing the ball into the corners of the goal, beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.’
Rashford has a chance to put his fresh finishing techniques into practice when Man Utd face Arsenal tomorrow in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Harry Maguire says Manchester United’s players have to stand up and be counted by immediately bouncing back from their unacceptable defeat to rock-bottom Sheffield United.
“We have great belief,” the United skipper said. “At half-time we knew we didn’t perform well in the first half but felt like we still had belief that if we scored the next goal we would go on to win the game.
“We scored the next goal, it was an important goal and we never found anything extra to push, found that little spark, that inspiration. Something was missing.
“We’ll work on it, we’ve got to improve. We know that it’s not good enough for this club.
“We’ve got to win games, especially at Old Trafford against teams that are where they are in the league.
“For sure we’ve got to improve.”