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Man Utd boss Solskjaer supportive of Rashford; hails Shaw form

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford proved his character by stepping up to take his penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout.

Rashford, along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, missed from the penalty spot, with Italy lifting the trophy after the dramatic shoot-out at Wembley.

But his club manager Solskjaer insisted: “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.

“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 was also full of praise for Rashford's United team-mate Luke Shaw, who scored England's opener in the final after two minutes and who enjoyed an outstanding tournament.

“I'm so happy for Luke," said Solskjaer, reflecting on Shaw's goal. “I was watching it and was like 'what's just happened?'.

“He started the attack and we've encouraged him to get into the last third.

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“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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