There may be a new killer with a baby face in Manchester United … as boss Marc Skinner praises Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s daughter Karna after making his debut in their FA Cup victory over Bridgwater
- Karna Solskjær came off the bench when Man United Women won 2-0 in the FA Cup
- Red Devils boss Marc Skinner feels Karna has similar traits to his father Ole
- Skinner has confirmed that the 19-year-old is likely to return to those under 21 years of age
Manchester United may have a new ‘killer with a baby face’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s daughter Karna, whom Manchester United Women boss Marc Skinner hailed as a ‘wonderful finisher’.
Solskjær snr got the nickname because of his killer instinct in front of goal during his time at Old Trafford, and it looks like he may have passed this trait on.
Karna, 19, came off the bench in the 87th minute to make her United debut in the club’s FA Cup victory in the fourth round over Bridgwater on Sunday, with both her parents watching from the stands.
Manchester United may have a new ‘baby face killer’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s daughter Karna (pictured)
The young player, a striker like her father, did not get many touches of the ball in the final stages, but her manager is thrilled with the potential she has.
“Honestly, if you look at some of her finishes from this season, she has a wonderful, wonderful finishing ability,” Skinner said.
‘She has a wonderful physical stature, I did not realize how tall Ole was until I met him in person.
‘She is an extremely tall player. She plays a little differently than Ole in that for our U21s she tends to play in a wider situation and get into the field.
Manchester United boss Marc Skinner believes Karna has similar traits as his father Ole
“But what she has, and I want to be sure that Ole is trying to pass on these secrets, she has a wonderful skill set.
“But I’ve always found that with the wonderful finishers, it’s how they calm their minds and see the possibility ahead of the obstacle.
‘Ole was great at doing that and I think Karna has the same trait. I think they have learned it, I think it is a learned trait.
‘She has peace of mind in finding the right places to finish. What we need to add to her is just the playing speed, get her up to when do you run in behind, when do you expose the back line, when do you play in to feet and play?
‘It’s just joining her in the faster game because she can from the sides, but I think she has that ability to finish in the field. I want to make sure she’s in the right places to finish.
Skinner has confirmed that the 19-year-old is likely to return to those under 21 this week
‘She’s a pretty quiet character and I think it will take some time for her to be in and around it and trust and believe in herself.’
Skinner also said that the former United boss is working with his daughter to quit and that his experience of playing and leading at the highest level will help prepare Karna for the media attention she is likely to receive.
‘I know they often work together in terms of him giving his secrets in how he would finish and she’s a really excellent finisher. I’m pretty sure Ole and the family are well into what it takes to prepare [for the media attention] and we will do that.
‘Ole is a wonderful character and has obviously been a wonderful player and manager for this club and means so much to it.
“But Karna is his own person, and that’s not true, and I know Ole would do it even more importantly [say] “it’s not about me, it’s about Karna”. He would be a wonderful [person] to help educate her. ‘
United face Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Continental Cup on Wednesday, but Skinner confirmed that Solskjær will probably be back with the U21s, who also have a match.
‘We’re trying to bring them up at the right time. It’s to make sure she has a balance between getting playing time and then exposure to play with us too. ‘