Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he faces a tough task to keep Manchester United‘s forwards happy following a busy run of fixtures.
But after winning all eight of his games in charge since replacing Jose Mourinho last month, Solskjaer knows he must use his squad wisely if he is to keep getting results.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the club’s four senior strikers
Romelu Lukaku (left) and Marcus Rashford have both found form during Solskjaer’s reign
Anthony Martial (left) continues to be a threat, while Alexis Sanchez is back fit and firing
The Norwegian was part of the United strikeforce – along with Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham – which helped the club win the Treble 20 years ago.
Solskjaer was best known as an impact substitute during that period – and his 11-year stint as a United player as a whole – after famously coming off the bench to score a late winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Asked whether it would be difficult to keep giving United’s current quartet of attacking stars enough minutes, he insisted it is a challenge that he is relishing.
‘Well, so far, there has been no problem because we’ve got so many games,’ Solskjaer told the club’s official website.
‘As soon as it becomes just one game a week, it might be a problem but we rotate even during the games.
‘When we can put Anthony [Martial] and ‘Rashy’ [Marcus Rashford] on for Alexis [Sanchez] and Rom [Lukaku], who did a fantastic job [at Arsenal], it is only going to help us.
‘The players have been very, very good at staying ready and being ready when they get on.’
Sir Alex Ferguson experienced a similar problem to the one Solskjaer will soon face as he attempted to keep the Norwegian, Cole, Yorke and Sheringham fit and firing.
Asked whether he now had greater sympathy for job United’s legendary former manager had on his hands, Solskjaer challenged the current crop to follow in his own footsteps and make a difference from the bench when called upon.
‘Yes, of course,’ he said. ‘There were so many times in his team talks when you could see that he didn’t enjoy leaving players out but that’s just the name of the game and you’ve got to be decisive – make decisions and stick with them.
‘Of course, for the players who don’t start, you have to come on and make an impact as I’ve learnt quite often because it can change your life.’