Solskjaer plays the annoying sibling in Martial advice at Man Utd

Date published: Thursday 27th February 2020 9:50

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits to “nudging” Anthony Martial when he misses a good chance, like a child mocking a sibling.

Martial has the perfect mentor in Solskjaer when it comes to the art of goalscoring, with the Norwegian scoring 126 goals in his time at United.

The manager told the club’s official website: “If you’re a wide forward, you’re facing forwards more and running at people.

“Now he’s in a different position, where it is more physical and you’ve got to be stronger with your back to goal and be more patient. It’s your job to be in the box when the ball arrives.

“I’m still at him. I demand more of him. Sometimes, the ball is squared across the six-yard line and it’s where he should be. I just nudge him and say: ‘It should have been a goal for you’.

“Scoring 25 instead of 15 is a big difference for a No.9.”


Martial has netted on 15 occasions for United this season, scoring in his last three appearances.

One of those efforts helped to secure a 1-1 draw away at Club Brugge in the last-32 of the Europa League, with Solskjaer hoping defensive strength will get the job done at Old Trafford in the return leg on Thursday.

He added, with his side having kept five clean sheets in their last six outings: “It’s a foundation to build performances from.

“If you concede goals, you need to score more goals and we’ve got many individuals at the back playing really well.

“The keepers, the full-backs, centre-backs and as a unit, we’re getting more solid and more compact.

“When I’m on the touchline, I’m stood watching and not confident until the game is gone and then, clean sheet, and a pat on the back. Concentration and focus. That is what it’s about – in both boxes.”


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