Wasteful Man United concern Solskjaer after Martial steals the show
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to become more clinical, despite Anthony Martial's hat-trick securing a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
Martial's first three of a kind in senior football - also the first of a United player in the Premier League since Robin van Persie more than seven years ago - was just a reward for a good performance by the hosts as the blades worked in the heat of Manchester.
It could have been a bigger profit margin than Marcus Rashford was responsible for a couple of blatant mistakes in the first half, and it was this area of his team's performance that caught Solskjaer's attention as much as Martial's brilliance.
"Preparing for the final pass or goal was good, but we have to do better with all the spaces we have created," he told Sky Sports, who didn't want to take anything for granted, despite the pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea and United Chelsea maintained the unbeaten run extension to 13 games in all competitions.
"I expect them to take those moments. It didn't cost us today. We know we played well, but we can do a lot better."
"There were games where we dominated and didn't take our chances, so we have to take our chances - I say.
"We made enough to win more, and in other games we made enough to win, but we didn't take it."
"We have to take the risk and be aggressive and progressive enough on the last pass."
Aaron Wan-Bissaka calmed doubts about the offensive side of his game with excellent support for Martial's second goal in the 44th minute - a crucial moment in the competition as Sheffield United resumed brilliantly after the break in the first half.
"He is a former winger, he still had some great crosses. We have to be at the end," said Solskjaer, repeating a topic.
"Aaron is constantly evolving. He hasn't played with his back for many years and only gets better."
Paul Pogba performed brilliantly on his first start since September and worked with Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic in a United midfield that seemed ideally balanced.
"Paul was of high quality out there. He did us, made good decisions, good passes, it is difficult to take the ball from him," added Solskjaer.
"I am very pleased that we can get more minutes into it and see what we can do in the coming weeks."
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