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Solskjaer praises Rashford’s ‘Cristiano hit’ after fourth win

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game against Newcastle United during a Premier League soccer match at St James’ Park, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Newcastle, England. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with Manchester United’s fourth-straight win on his watch, this one a late 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United on Wednesday at St. James’ Park.

[ RECAP: Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd ]

The boss praised the defending of Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones, who both had key tackles, but it’s no surprise to hear the longtime United striker had glowing words for goal scorer Marcus Rashford.

He set-up the opener with a free kick, and applied the finishing touch on the second.

“Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done. He is only 21, you have to remember that.”

Solskjaer was asked whether he’ll be forced to choose between Lukaku and Rashford up top, and he quipped that it is possible to play two strikers centrally.

He also spoke familiar words on a much talked about midfielder.

“You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.”

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