Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs Manchester United's front three to replicate Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood to be the new Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.

The former trio have scored a combined 39 goals in all competitions this season - more than Liverpool's frontline of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

And Solskjaer has praised his "exciting" forwards and tipped them to follow in the footsteps of Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez, who won two Premier League titles and a Champions League together at Old Trafford.

"We can see them three, got them on long contracts, and can see them three developing into a very exciting front three," he said.

“I was here with Ronaldo, Tevez, Rooney - that’s what we want as supporters and manager, express yourselves, put the fear to their defenders. We’ve got Daniel James here as well so I am very excited for it.

“I believe in ours, going to add to them, definitely, but in the years coming we’ll see lots of them.

“Liverpool have scored more goals than us outside the front three so I'm not going to say ours are better or theirs are better. Sunday will be a game by itself.

“The front three they’ve [Liverpool] got have been playing together for ages, seasons now, and you can see the rotation movements, understanding and we hope our front three will get that understanding.

“I think I’ve only started them together once in the Premier League [in a 4-1 win over Newcastle], so we’ve got a way to go to get the understanding but they scored four goals in that game.”

Liverpool will be looking to maintain or extend their 14-point lead at the top of the table when they host United on Sunday.

The Reds have not won a league title since 1990, and Solskjaer insists United - who have not finished on top of the pile since 2013 - will not have to wait their long for their 21st crown.

"That's what we're working hard to make sure doesn't happen [a 30-year wait],” he added. “Let [Liverpool] be a lesson for us.

“We can't let ourselves go another 24 years without winning the league. I believe in this club. We will get there."


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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).