Solskjaer defends misfiring Anthony Martial
Solskjaer defends misfiring Anthony Martial

Solskjaer defends misfiring Anthony Martial

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended misfiring French striker Anthony Martial following his lethargic display in their weekend draw against Wolves.

Martial has just scored one goal in his last six appearances for United and it came against League Two side Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last month but Solskjaer thinks the player is giving his all in games.

"He's giving us everything. I think he's started the last eight games in this month, and he's running probably 20 per cent more than what he did when I came here.

"That shift goes with all the other players as well, by the way. So it's not just mental robustness and tactical, it's that physical side we've had to work with because they are making strides. But the difference in that, compared to when I came in, the squad weren't right.

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"We'll give him more support, give him rest when he deserves it. If he does have that rest, if he plays a little bit less - because he's been asked to play too much as well, especially now when Marcus is injured-as a striker, if you don't just get there that split second, that's a big, massive difference.

"I've praised him, I've sat down with him and I'm delighted with him. I know that he's tired, but he's never ever dodged a training session. He's training, he's available for every game, so I’m delighted with the boy," Solskjaer said.

Martial has looked lost since Rashford's injury but has scored eight Premier League goals in 19 matches this season. 

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