Solskjaer reveals Martial tactic allowing Man Utd to run riot in attack

Date published: Monday 6th July 2020 10:29 - Jonny Whitfield

Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial Man Utd TEAMtalk

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Anthony Martial’s ability to switch positions in attack is beginning to cause teams serious problems.

Martial netted his 20th goal of the season in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth.

Indeed, fellow attackers Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford also scored as United eventually finished off the Cherries.

Martial is enjoying his best season in front of goal, scoring two more than his previous best in the 2015/16 season. And Solskjaer says that, as well as feeling “settled” down the middle of attack, the Frenchman has also found an edge out wide.

“I think the team creating chances, Anthony working hard, being the No.9 in a settled position,” Solskjaer said of the striker’s improvement (via the MEN).

“But also once in a while rotating with Marcus and switching positions. Today [Saturday], for his goal, he started off on the left and curled it into the top corner.”

Martial’s goal was the second of three first-half strikes for United. In the second half, Greenwood netted his second and Bruno Fernandes‘ free-kick finished Bournemouth off.


David de Gea was called into question for Bournemouth’s opener after 15 minutes. After beating Harry Maguire, Junior Stanislas slotted past the goalkeeper at his near post from a tight angle.

Solskjaer, who has previously said the Spaniard is “the best goalkeeper in the world”, was quick to defend him again.

The manager said: “That was a very good finish by the boy. Of course, we could have dealt with it earlier and better, but David’s working hard and I’ve got no worries about him.”


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ed Woodward Man Utd TEAMtalk

Elsewhere, reports claim Solskjaer is willing to challenge his superior Ed Woodward on transfer business.

Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, signalled earlier this year that his side could ease off on spending.

Indeed, the financial ramifications of the pandemic will dampen the spending hopes of clubs across Europe.

One decision Solskjaer may look to challenge Woodward on is a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

United announced last week they would pay no more than £50million for the exciting 20-year-old.

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