Rashford will still 'put his hand up' for penalties, says Solskjaer

Marcus Rashford will continue to ‘put his hand up’ for penalties, insists Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… despite the England star’s costly shootout miss in Euro 2020 final against Italy

  • Marcus Rashford missed his penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout with Italy 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it won’t stop him from stepping forward for United
  • Solskjaer believes Rashford will ‘learn from it and definitely come back stronger’
  • The United manager also says Rashford is not the type of player to just ‘lay down’
  • Solskjaer also claims Luke Shaw’s opening goal came from his work at United 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford’s penalty miss during the Euro 2020 final against Italy will not stop him from stepping forward for Manchester United in the future. 

The United No.10 hit that post just moments before Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka’s efforts to earn the Azzurri the trophy at Wembley on Sunday night.

Solskjaer understands Rashford’s disappointment but believes the 23-year-old will ‘learn from it and definitely come back stronger’. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford’s penalty miss during the Euro 2020 final against Italy will not stop him from stepping forward for Manchester United’s spot kicks

Solskjaer also says Rashford will not ‘lay down’ and give up. He believes the England international will ‘put his hand up’ and say he wants to take penalties for Manchester United in the future. 

Speaking to United’s media team, Solskjaer said: ‘You know the thing is when you step up to take a penalty, I think you’ve already won.

‘You’ve taken on the responsibility and I’m sure many of the players are hoping I don’t want to take a penalty.

The United No.10 hit that post (above) just moments before Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka’s efforts to earn the Azzurri the trophy 

Solskjaer believes the 23-year-old will ‘learn from it and definitely come back stronger’

‘So I think it’s a great character trait to step up and say I will deal with it, [and] the consequences. 

‘You might be the hero or the one who misses. That’s football. You learn from it and definitely come back stronger. 

‘I’ve not seen many people, at this club anyway, who lay down and say I’ll not take a penalty anymore.

‘I know Marcus is going to put his hand up and say he wants to take one for us.’

Solskjaer went on to share his thoughts on the game itself and the feeling among the England fans after the loss. 

‘Obviously, we know the feeling the whole of England had after the game,’ the manager said. 

He says that Rashford is not the type of player to just ‘lay down’ and stop taking penalties

The United manager was, however, delighted to see Luke Shaw score the opening goal 

‘One kick decides the whole mood. An even game, maybe Italy bossed possession a little bit, of course, but when it comes to penalty shoot-outs, anything can happen, as we know from our own last game.

‘It’s hard on the boys but that’s football sometimes. You just have to deal with it and move on. 

‘I know the whole atmosphere in the country has been so great and, of course, it’s an anti-climax. I know that.’

Solskjaer was, however, delighted to see Manchester United’s Luke Shaw score the opening goal of the game. 

The manager believes his hard work at Old Trafford allowed him to score the quickest goal in a European Championship final. 

He believes the goal came as a result of the work they have been doing at Manchester United

He said: ‘I’m so happy for Luke. I was watching it and “what’s just happened?”. He started the attack and we’ve encouraged him to get into the last third.

‘We know how technically gifted he is and skilful he is and he hit the ball very, very sweetly. 

‘He keeps his eye on the ball, straight laces and it’s margins again – off the post and in, not off the post and out. 

‘That’s football for you. Luke deserves all the luck he can get. He’s had a tremendous couple of years with us.’




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