Man Utd pair Rashford and Martial are under huge pressure with Lukaku gone – but they got off to the perfect start

By | 18th August 2019

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took a huge gamble when he sold Romelu Lukaku and did not replace him.

That has put big pressure on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to perform this season — and it’s important they avoid any long-term injuries.

The pressure is on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to score the bulk of Man Utd’s goals this season
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They got off to the perfect start together last week against Chelsea, when Rashford — playing on the left of a front three — scored twice and Martial, in the middle, got one.

However, Frank Lampard’s side played into their hands by allowing them to counter- attack in that second half.

I know Ole also has great belief and confidence in young striker Mason Greenwood, but I think over the course of the season  United’s lack of numbers and experience up front could be a concern.

Rashford and Martial can at least take huge belief from their manager not bringing anyone else in over the summer. Ole has basically said: “It’s over to you two — go out and perform.”

I am really interested to see how Rashford gets on this season and I am going to follow him closely.

He is a huge talent and it is great news for England that he is going to get a full season in United’s side, as long as he stays injury-free.

Rashford is far from the finished product and there is a lot he can still work on. He is a very good finisher and he has shown flashes of brilliance  but I have also seen him be sloppy in front of goal.

It is the same for Martial. He has been excellent at times in his United career  but on other occasions he has been very, very frustrating.

Martial and Rashford both have to step up. However, in Ole they have a manager who knows their position as well as anyone — and he can pass on all of his experience and expertise.

If he can get an extra ten per cent out of them both, that might just be enough — but it is still a gamble.

At least Ole seems to have sorted out the problems at the back with his acquisitions over the summer.

I was a huge fan of Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Crystal Palace last season. He is a real star of the future.

United paid £50million to sign the right-back but in time that will look like a bargain and a brilliant investment. They have also splashed out £85m on Harry Maguire and he has to form a partnership with Victor Lindelof.

It started very well against Chelsea and Maguire and, after just one game, looks like everything United were missing last season, when they were weak down the centre and lacking a leader.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also expecting big things from Mason Greenwood, 17
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Wolves at Molineux tonight is going to be a very tough test for them.

When that crowd gets going, Wolves make life very, very difficult for visiting teams.

So  we will see whether last week was a one-off for United — or whether they are now the  real deal.

United decided not to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku after his move to Inter Milan
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This post written by Anthony Chapman originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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