“For us as a group, it was time to allow our forwards to feel that confidence and feel that demand of playing and being demanded to play every game. That’s how you get to another level. I think all three have had a good development this season, but they can be so much better. I’m still waiting to see them blossom because there are parts of their game that they still need to improve on.”
United’s 2-1 win over Norwich City on Saturday, which set up an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, extended the club’s unbeaten run to 14 matches. Solskjaer believes it is possible his side could go undefeated for the remainder of the campaign but warned his players that they face a clutch of sides they have already dropped points to this season.
“Complacency kicks you somewhere you don’t want to get kicked in football,” he said. “Brighton, we’ve lost the last two when we’ve gone down there. We’ve got Bournemouth, who we’ve lost to [this season]. We’ve got Aston Villa, who we drew with at home. We’ve got Palace, who we lost to at home. We’ve got West Ham that we’ve lost to. Every game is one we have a point to prove in.”
Sanchez and Chris Smalling’s loans with Inter and Roma respectively are due to be extended until the end of the domestic Italian season on Aug. 2. But the likelihood is that the pair will then return to Old Trafford, rather than stay to compete in Inter and Roma’s Europa League campaigns.
With a short turnaround to the start of the 2020/21 campaign, United are eager to avoid the risk of either Sanchez or Smalling succumbing to injuries that could complicate potential transfers. Goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s loan at Sheffield United has been extended until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer said that he expected Angel Gomes to depart, with the teenage midfielder out of contract and no new deal agreed.