Ian Wright praises Solskjaer for tactical switch that inspired Man Utd win

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a tactical tweak that saw Marcus Rashford score an injury time winner against Wolves on Tuesday night.

Rashford scored in the 94th minute to ensure United finish 2020 in 2nd place behind rivals Liverpool in the Premier League.

Wolves had the clearest opportunities at Old Trafford, even if United controlled possession. United’s best chance came through Bruno Fernandes in the first half but he saw his effort saved after a fine cross from Mason Greenwood.

United looked set to share the spoils with Wolves but Rashford saw a deflected strike hit the net.

The England winger spent most of the game on the left flank but he was moved to the right following Anthony Martial’s arrival into the game.

Rashford confirmed after the game that he exploited the fact that Wolves full-back Rayan Ait-Nouri was suffering from cramp and Wright believes Solskjaer deserves praise for switching the forward’s position.

‘I think Ole deserves credit for the way he switched Marcus Rashford over from the left-hand side to the right-hand side,’ said Wright.

‘When he did that – from the left, the runs he was making were in to out, he wasn’t really hurting their defence.

‘He was getting the ball in positions where they were very happy, very comfortable.

‘When you’ve got Bruno Fernandes who can hit the ball like that… he’s still got a lot to do but we’re talking about someone with supreme confidence.

‘He gets the luck, gets the deflection off Saiss – who had a brilliant game – and gets the goal. Brilliant play from him today.

‘And you’ve got to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer credit for it.’

United take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day in their next fixture.

Solskjaer made six changes for the visit of Wolves but he could reintroduce the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Martial to his side with the fixtures coming thick and fast.

Alex Telles was removed at half-time against Wolves, sparking fear that he had sustained an injury.

However, Solskjaer says the move was tactical.

‘No, it was more of a shift in the positions and different dynamic again. Alex should be okay,’ said Solskjaer.

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