How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer motivated Marcus Rashford earlier than Jose …

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Marcus Rashford scored both of Manchester United's goals against Tottenham
Marcus Rashford scored both of Manchester United’s goals against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reminded Marcus Rashford of his difficulties under Jose Mourinho in an attempt to motivate the striker before his side’s clash with Tottenham.

The 22-year-old took his goalscoring tally for the season to 12 with a double against Spurs at Old Trafford to ease the pressure on his under-fire manager. The brace means Rashford is just one goal away from equalling his best ever scoring campaign for his boyhood club.

About Gunnar
Gunnar is a male first name of Nordic origin (Gunnarr in Old Norse). The name Gunnar means fighter, soldier, and attacker, but mostly is referred to by the Viking saying which means Brave and Bold warrior (gunnr “war” and arr “warrior”). King Gunnar was a prominent king of medieval literature such as the Middle High German epic poem, the Nibelungenlied, where King Gunnar and Queen Brynhildr hold their court at Worms. Gunder is a nordic variant, Günther is the modern German variant, and Gonario is the Italian version. Some people with the name Gunnar include:

Gunnar Andersen
Gunnar Andersen (1890–1968), Norwegian football player and ski jumper
Gunnar Andersen (1909–1988), Norwegian ski jumper
Gunnar Aagaard Andersen (1919–1982), Danish sculptor, painter and designer
Gunnar Reiss-Andersen (1896–1964), Norwegian poet
Gunnar Andersson
Johan Gunnar Andersson (1874–1960), Swedish archaeologist, paleontologist and geologist
Gunnar Andersson (1890–1946), Swedish trade unionist
Gunnar Andersson (Spökis; 1923–1974), Swedish aviator
Gunnar Andersson (footballer) (1928–1969), Swedish football player
Per-Gunnar Andersson
Per-Gunnar Andersson (born 1957), Swedish racing driver
Per-Gunnar Andersson (born 1980), Swedish rally driver
Gunnar Asplund (1885–1940), Swedish architect
Gunnar Bärlund (1911–1982), Finnish boxer
Gunnar Berg
Gunnar Berg (1863–1893), Norwegian painter
Gunnar Berg (1897–1987), American scouting official
Gunnar Berg (1909–1989), Swiss-Danish composer
Gunnar Berg (1923–2007), Norwegian politician
Gunnar Andreas Berg (born 1954), Norwegian musician
Gunnar Berge (born 1940), Norwegian politician
Gunnar Berggren (1908–1983), Swedish boxer
Gunnar Birkerts (1925–2017), Latvian-American architect
Gunnar Björnstrand (1909–1986), Swedish actor
Gunnar Ekelöf (1907–1968), Swedish poet and writer
Gunnar Eklund (1920–2010), Swedish Army lieutenant general
Gunnar Fant (1919–2009), Swedish phonetician
Gunnar Fischer (1910–2011), Swedish cinematographer
Gunnar Friedemann (1909–1943), Estonian chess player
Gunnar Garbo (1924–2016), Norwegian journalist, politician and diplomat
Gunnar Graps (1951–2004), Estonian musician
Gunnar Emil Garfors (1900–1979), Norwegian poet
Gunnar Gehl (born 2001), American singer-songwriter
Gunnar Gren (1920–1991), Swedish football player
Gunnar Hámundarson (10th century), Icelandic chieftain
Gunnar Hansen (born 1947), Icelandic-American actor
Gunnar Heinsohn (born 1943), German anthropologist
Gunnar Hoppe (1914–2005), Swedish Quaternary geologist and geographer
Gunnar Höckert (1910–1940), Finnish runner
Gunnar Jarring (1907–2002), Swedish diplomat and turkologist
Gunnar Jeannette (born 1982), American racing driver
Gunnar Johansen (1906–1991), Danish-American pianist and composer
Gunnar Johansson
Gunnar Johansson (1911–1998), Swedish psychologist
Gunnar Johansson (1919–1998), Swedish canoeist
Gunnar Johansson (1924–2003), Swedish football player
Gunnar Kaasen (1882–1960), Norwegian-American dog musher
Gunnar Kangro (1913–1975), Estonian mathematician
Gunnar Knudsen (1848–1928), Norwegian politician
Gunnar Berg Lampe (1892–1978), Norwegian businessman
Gunnar Larsson
Gunnar Larsson (1908–1996), Swedish politician
Gunnar Larsson (born 1951), Swedish swimmer
Gunnar Larsson (born 1944), Swedish cross-country skier
Gunnar Malmquist (1893–1982), Swedish astronomer
Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass (born 1961), Norwegian cross country skier
Gunnar Möller (1928–2017), German actor
Gunnar Molton (born 1993), drummer for Texas Hippie Coalition
Gunnar Myrdal (1898–1987), Swedish economist
Gunnar Nelson
Gunnar Nelson (born 1967), American musician
Gunnar Nelson (born 1988), Icelandic martial arts fighter
Gunnar Nielsen
Gunnar Nielsen (1919–2009), Swedish film actor
Gunnar Nielsen (1928–1985), Danish runner
Gunnar Guillermo Nielsen (born 1983), Faroese-Argentine football player
Gunnar Nielsen (born 1986), Faroese football player
Gunnar Nilsson
Gunnar Nilsson (1922–1997), Swedish trade unionist
Gunnar Nilsson (1923–2005), Swedish boxer
Gunnar Nilsson (1948–1978), Swedish racing driver
Gunnar Nordahl (1921–1995), Swedish football player
Gunnar Nordström (1881–1923), Finnish physicist
Gunnar Öquist (born 1941), Swedish biologist
Gunnar Persson (born 1933), Swedish cartoonist
Gunnar Seidenfaden (1908–2001), Danish diplomat and botanist
Ole Gunnar Solskjær (born 1973), Norwegian football player
Gunnar Staalesen (born 1947), Norwegian writer
Gunnar Stansson (born 1986), American screenwriter
Gunnar Stålsett (born 1935), Norwegian theologican and politician
Gunnar Taucher (1886–1941), Finnish architect
Gunnar Thoresen (footballer) (1920–2017), Norwegian football player
Gunnar Thoresen (bobsledder) (1921–1972), Norwegian bobsledder
Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson (born 1982), Icelandic football player
Gunnar Uusi (1931–1981), Estonian chess player
Gunnar Widforss (1879–1934), Swedish-American painter

How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer motivated Marcus Rashford before Jose …

About Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjær KSO (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈuːlə ˈɡʉnːɑr ²suːlʂær] (listen); born 26 February 1973) is a Norwegian professional football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of English club Manchester United. As a player, he played as a forward and spent most of his career with Manchester United. Solskjær also supervises a training academy for young footballers in his home town of Kristiansund, and is a patron of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust.
Before he arrived in England, Solskjær played for Norwegian clubs Clausenengen and Molde. He joined Manchester United in 1996 for a transfer fee of £1.5 million. Nicknamed “the Baby-faced Assassin”, he played 366 times for United, and scored 126 goals during a successful period for the club. He was regarded as a “super sub” for his knack of coming off the substitute bench to score late goals. In injury time at the end of the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, he scored the winning last-minute goal against Bayern Munich, with Manchester United having trailed 1–0 as the game passed 90 minutes, and winning The Treble for United. In 2007, Solskjær announced his retirement from football after failing to recover from a serious knee injury.Solskjær remained at Manchester United in a coaching role as well as in an ambassadorial capacity. In 2008, Solskjær became the club’s reserve team manager. He returned to his native country in 2011 to manage his former club, Molde, whom he led to their two first ever Tippeligaen titles in his first two seasons with the club. He secured a third title in as many seasons, when his team won the 2013 Norwegian Football Cup Final. In 2014, he served as manager of Cardiff City, during which the club were relegated from the Premier League. In late 2018, Manchester United appointed Solskjær as caretaker manager, taking over from José Mourinho for the rest of the 2018–19 season. On 28 March 2019, having won 14 of his 19 matches in charge, Solskjær signed a three-year contract to take over as Manchester United manager on a permanent basis.

Few players have benefited more from Solskjaer’s appointment than Rashford and the Norwegian underlined his faith in the England international by allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave the club for Inter Milan last summer.

Such belief was not always eminent from Mourinho. While Rashford managed more minutes than any other outfield player under the Portuguese, Mourinho often criticised his finishing and Rashford contemplated leaving the club before his sacking 12 months ago.

How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer motivated Marcus Rashford before Jose …

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The nadir of the pair’s relationship came during a Champions League match against Young Boys last November. Rashford was selected as a central striker in favour of Lukaku and had a golden chance to open the scoring when he was put through on goal by Luke Shaw. Faced with the prospect of an on-rushing goalkeeper, Rashford blasted his effort over the bar. Mourinho was understandably annoyed but he did little to conceal his dismay, turning to his bench with his arms crossed and shaking his head.

Just a week earlier, Mourinho had criticised Rashford and a string of other United youngsters for lacking the ‘maturity’ to play for the club.

‘When we talk about Luke Shaw, about Martial, about Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking – a word I can’t say but you like to say a lot – having that [courage]. They’re lacking this,’ said Mourinho.

While wary not to put Rashford’s mindset in a negative space, sources have told Metro.co.uk that Solskjaer’s backroom staff ‘pestered’ the striker in training and reminded him about some of the comments Mourinho had made during his time at the club. Their words clearly had an effect on the England star, who produced arguably his finest performance in a United shirt against Tottenham.

It was possibly United’s most complete display of the season but it came as no surprise given Solskjaer’s record against the top six since his appointment, considering he has lost just twice in 12 matches.

Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United | PL
Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool | PL
Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United | FA Cup
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United | FA Cup
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United | PL
Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City | PL
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea | PL
Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea | PL
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal | PL
Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United | EFL
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool | PL
Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham | PL

It has become a source of frustration for the Norwegian that his squad are able to produce against the clubs around them but struggle so badly against weaker opponents, like they did 72 hours earlier against Aston Villa. As such, Solskjaer appeared almost angry with Rashford in the dressing room afterwards, quipping ‘Do you see what I mean now?’. While understandably delighted with the win, the side’s lack of consistency has started to grate on Solskjaer and the Norwegian wants the performance to become a template for how his side should play moving forward.

Rashford was contemplating his future at the club under Mourinho
Rashford was contemplating his future at the club under Mourinho (Picture: Getty)

United haven’t won back-to-back league matches since March and the odds are against them achieving that feat this weekend when they travel to Manchester City.

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Jesse Lingard was removed towards the end of the victory against Spurs as he was suffering from cramp and the midfielder faces a late check to prove his fitness for the clash at the Etihad due to a thigh complaint.

Paul Pogba is unlikely to be risked, despite stepping up his recovery in the last seven days. The Frenchman attended United’s win against Spurs but he hasn’t featured for the club since late September and will instead target the visit of Everton on December 15th for his return.

Anthony Martial is also likely to miss the game as Solskjaer confirmed after the win on Wednesday that he would be out for a ‘little while’.

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