Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was heard telling Marcus Rashford that Cedric Soares ‘cannot defend’ during Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal.
In a tight first half at the Emirates Stadium, Rashford was deployed on the right side of United’s attack and was up against Cedric, who was playing in an unfamiliar role at left-back in Kieran Tierney’s absence.
And Solskjaer had no hesitation in instructing Rashford to get at the Arsenal defender with some clear instructions from the touchline.
At one point in the first half, Solskjaer shouted to the United forward: ‘Marcus, he cannot defend. Take him on if you want.’
Rashford had an excellent chance to open the scoring towards the end of the first half but he was unable to strike the ball first time from close range and the opportunity was gone.
The match was goalless at half time and former United midfielder Roy Keane was not happy with the intensity shown by Solskjaer’s players in the opening 45 minutes.
‘It’s not been great, I’ve been disappointed, it’s almost like a reserve game,’ said Keane.
‘It’s really up to United to up the ante. More intensity, they need more pace, they’ve been sloppy, not hitting the target with one or two chances.
‘Arsenal have done okay but United have to smell this, they’re obviously there for the taking.
‘They’ll regret this if they don’t sort this out in the second half.’
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