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Rashford is going to take penalty for us - Solskjaer

Tue 13 July 2021 | 8:13

The United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Marcus Rashford will bounce back from a sad moment at the international level.

Solskjaer praised

Rashford

for daring to take a penalty in such an important game and has no doubt that the 23-year-old will continue to do so at club level.

You know the thing is when you step up to take a penalty, I think you’ve already won,”

The Red Devils boss told the

club's official website

.

“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.”

England took the lead in the first moments of the game with a goal by Luke Shaw, but in the 67th minute, Bonucci's goal sent the game to a penalty kick. But in the penalty shootout, the Three Lions missed the first major final they had reached in 55 years.

Obviously, we know the feeling the whole of England had after the game,”

Solskjaer said.

“One kick decides the whole mood. An even game, maybe Italy bossed possession a little bit, of course, but when it comes to penalty shoot-outs, anything can happen, as we know from our

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own last game

.

“It’s hard on the boys but that’s football sometimes. You just have to deal with it and move on. I know the whole atmosphere in the country has been so great and, of course, it’s an anti-climax. I know that.”

Solskjaer also praised

Luke Shaw

.

“I’m so happy for Luke. I was watching it and ‘what’s just happened?'” the Norwegian said of the full-back's stunning second-minute volley. “He started the attack and we’ve encouraged him to get into the last third.

“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 its 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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