Man Utd: Solskjaer comments on Martial's form
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With Anthony Martial struggling for Manchester United this season, talk of a potential move away has started to gather momentum. However, a report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the Glazers he wants the France international to stay. And, what’s more, he believes he can help propel the club to Premier League title glory.
Last season, Martial stepped up.
After the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, two players who regularly blocked his path to the first team, the France international stepped up by scoring 23 goals across all competitions.
It was, for many, a sign Martial was coming good. On the right track, on the right path to fulfilling his vast potential.
But, this term, the 25-year-old struggled.
A tally of just seven goals across all competitions is nowhere good enough, with the forward struggling to scale the same heights as the previous year.
This summer, United are eyeing reinforcements in attack – with Jadon Sancho currently their priority.
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Interest in the Borussia Dortmund star actually dates back to Jose Mourinho’s time in charge, with the Portuguese hoping to sign the 21-year-old when he was strutting his stuff across town at Manchester City.
They ultimately missed out to Dortmund in 2017, with Sancho swayed into moving to Germany by the guarantee of regular football at the Westfalenstadion.
But United, after failing to land the England international last summer and in 2019, are ready to go again.
The Daily Mail say, however, that Solskjaer has told the Glazers he thinks Martial has a big role to play at the club next season.
It’s claimed he’s told his bosses that the France international, alongside Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani, is good enough to propel his side to title glory next term.
But what Martial will United get?
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On his day, there’s no denying the Frenchman can be unplayable. He’s got talent, it’s just making use of it that’s been so problematic to this point.
Yet if United can get Martial back to his blockbuster best, Solskjaer’s decision to persevere will pay off.
Previously, it had been reported the France international would potentially be used in a swap deal for Harry Kane.
The Tottenham star wants to leave north London behind, having grown tired at Spurs’ constant failure to win the biggest and best prizes on offer.
But United aren’t prioritising the 27-year-old, with Manchester City and Chelsea now likely to engage in a tug-of-war.
Speaking recently, Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher recently expressed a belief that Martial wasn’t good enough to lead the line on a weekly basis.
“I think they could maybe improve at centre-back but they need a young Cavani, basically. That’s what the club needs,” he said.
“They’ve persisted with Anthony Martial as the striker for a couple of years.
“He’s a good player, but I don’t think he’s a great player who’ll take them to a Premier League or Champions League title, which is what they need.
“So two players at both ends of the pitch – a centre-back and a centre forward – and then I don’t think they’re that far away.”
Carragher also thinks United need one or two additions to stop Manchester City next time out.
“It would be a jump, of course it would be,” he said.
“But I actually think Man Utd get too much criticism for what they’re doing right now. Man City are phenomenal… we’re talking about a team who were on the verge of doing the quadruple and could still do a treble.
“Man Utd are 10 points behind but when you see the distance that some teams in second and third have been behind [the champions in the past], 10 points doesn’t sound too bad to me.
“We’re talking about a team who haven’t lost away from home in the Premier League this season and I think they’ve only lost one game in their last 20 or so in all competitions – in the FA Cup at Leicester – they come from behind to win games, so I think there’s a lot to be excited about.
“They’ll need one or two players in the summer but that’ll be the same for every team.”
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