Solskjaer says Arsenal’s Cedric ‘cannot defend’ during Man Utd clash


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was heard telling Marcus Rashford that Cedric Soares ‘cannot defend’ during their stalemate with Arsenal.

In a first half at the Emirates, Rashford was deployed on the right side of the Red devils’ attack and was up against Cedric, who was deployed in an unfamiliar position at left-back in Tierney’s absence.

And Solskjaer instructed Rashford to get at the Arsenal left-back with some clear instructions from the touchline.

At one point in the first half, Solskjaer was heard shouting to the England international: ‘Marcus, he cannot defend. Take him on if you want.’

Rashford had a great opportunity 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 he lost the chance.

The match was goalless at half time and former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane was not happy with the intensity shown by Solskjaer’s side 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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