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Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urges Anthony Martial not to rest on his laurels

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Anthony Martial that he cannot rest on his laurels at Manchester United after a difficult start to the new season.

Martial was United’s top scorer with 23 goals last term but has only scored twice so far with both coming in the Champions League against RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.

As United look to avenge their 2-1 defeat in Istanbul in Tuesday’s return match at Old Trafford, Solskjaer demanded more from the 24-year-old Frenchman.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the misfiring Anthony Martial not to rest on his laurels

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the misfiring Anthony Martial not to rest on his laurels

The Manchester United star has not scored in the league after a great campaign in 2019-20

The Manchester United star has not scored in the league after a great campaign in 2019-20 

The United boss believes Martial’s sending-off against Tottenham last month and a possible lack of confidence may be to blame for his problems.

‘Anthony showed he made big strides last season, now it’s time again to make even bigger strides and to develop more,’ said Solskjaer.

‘He scored 23 goals last season, which was a big return. He took big strides towards becoming the striker he can be. Every season is a challenge and you cannot rest on your laurels at Man United. There are demands on every position.

Solskjaer says he expects Martial to make big strides ahead of the visit of Istanbul Basaksehir

Solskjaer says he expects Martial to make big strides ahead of the visit of Istanbul Basaksehir

‘We want Anthony to kick on. for France against Portugal he showed his qualities as a centre-forward getting into positions but Rui Patricio made a few good saves and that might have affected Anthony’s confidence.

‘His conversion rate has always been good, but at the moment keepers have made good saves against him.’

‘Anthony is no different from other players, he’s not had a pre-season as normal and is getting ready for peak form.

‘He had a three-game suspension, so he’s lost too much football. But he scored against Basaksehir last time, good header, and I hope he’ll get to his best again.’ 

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