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Manchester United: Anthony Martial ‘ignored Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s instructions AGAIN’

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Anthony Martial ignored Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s demand to offer ‘some movement’ to his team-mates during Manchester United‘s win over Newcastle on Sunday night.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer was heard telling the out-of-form striker to run twice at Old Trafford after he came to a standstill.

Having shouted ‘some movement’ at Martial during one passage of play, Solskjaer could only watch on as the Frenchman failed to take on board his instructions.

Anthony Martial is challenged by Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow at Old Trafford on Sunday

Anthony Martial is challenged by Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow at Old Trafford on Sunday

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was overheard shouting at Martial to show 'some movement'

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was overheard shouting at Martial to show ‘some movement’

United’s boss is said to have then followed up his initial demand by shouting: ‘Antho, move. Start moving.’

The MEN report that this was the second occasion in the match, which United won 3-1, that Solskjaer had to urge the former Monaco man to get forward.

During one attack which resulted in a low cross from the energetic Daniel James, Solskjaer was heard shouting Martial’s name in a bid to get him attacking the box.

The France international failed to keep up with the play after hanging around the halfway line and was too far behind to meet James’ ball into the Newcastle area. 

Martial's poor form this season continued as he put in another disappointing performance

Martial’s poor form this season continued as he put in another disappointing performance

Solskjaer shakes hands with Martial after replacing him in the 70th minute at Old Trafford

Solskjaer shakes hands with Martial after replacing him in the 70th minute at Old Trafford

Sunday’s incidents were not the first time the 25-year-old’s lack of effort and, perhaps awareness, has resulted in an outburst from his manager.

Against Tottenham last year, Solskjaer was overheard yelling at Martial to ‘get in the box’. On this occasion too, the forward failed to listen to his boss’ instructions.

Against Newcastle, Martial put in another lacklustre display and was hooked after 70 minutes, with Solskjaer bringing on Mason Greenwood to replace him.

Martial runs with the ball during United's 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday evening

Martial runs with the ball during United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday evening

In contrast to the former Lyon forward’s performance, Marcus Rashford and James impressed with their pace and direct running, and also scored either side of Allan Saint-Maximin’s goal at Old Trafford.

Martial’s form has been a major issue for Solskjaer so far this season, with the striker scoring just seven goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.

Although he has provided eight assists for his team-mates, he has failed to build on the impressive performances which saw him establish himself as Solskjaer’s central forward last season.

During the 2019-20 campaign, Martial managed 23 goals and 12 assists in 48 games – his best return since signing for United in a deal worth up to £58million in 2015. 

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