Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised his side’s finishing in their 3-0 win against Aston Villa and says his forward line must learn to be more ‘clinical’.
Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring from the spot before Mason Greenwood grabbed his 16th goal of the season towards the end of the first half.
Paul Pogba scored his first goal of the campaign in the second half and United took their foot off the gas as they created Premier League history by becoming the first team to score three or more in four consecutive games.
The win means United are just one point short of Leicester City in fourth and two points below Chelsea in third.
The Foxes’ goal difference is six better than United’s, while United’s is nine better than Chelsea’s.
With such fine margins between the teams, goal difference could become a factor for a Champions League spot and Solskjaer says he was unhappy with his side for failing to score more against Villa.
Asked if other teams fear United again, Solskjer said: ‘I don’t know about how other teams feel when they play us but we scored three today.
‘If we’re talking about goal difference then the defenders have done their jobs [with the clean sheet] but we created chances and we could have scored three, four or five more.
‘Of course you’re happy with the way in which we create chances but you have to be more clinical.’
Anthony Martial was furious that he was subbed with fifteen minutes to as the Frenchman was unable to add to his 20-goal season.
The forward hit the crossbar in the second half, while Marcus Rashford squandered a one-on-one against Pepe Reina.
Solskjaer was later asked about the goal difference and he reiterated the need for his striker’s to score.
‘I think we could have scored many, many more goals and we’re keeping clean sheets,’ said Solskjaer.
‘Of course we go into any game wanting to win if we win but if it’s 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 it doesn’t matter as long as we get the points.
‘Hopefully the goal difference won’t be the deciding factor in the end because we should have had 10 more goals in the last two games.’
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