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Solskjaer explains Anthony Martial celebration after Manchester United winner

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Anthony Martial ‘begged’ to come on before he scored Manchester United’s winner against LASK Linz.

Martial netted his 23rd of the season to become United’s top scorer outright four minutes after his 84th minute introduction and seal a 7-1 aggregate thrashing.

The 24-year-old ended the Premier League season with 17 goals in 31 starts – the same as Marcus Rashford – but Martial has pulled ahead of his teammate in the goalscoring charts with up to three matches left in United’s campaign.

Martial has scored as many this term as he managed in the last two seasons and has flourished back in the number nine shirt. “Anthony has upped his work-rate,” Solskjaer said. “He’s working harder in training, he’s working harder in the games; his physical stats show that. He’s been an absolute joy to work with.

“His attitude has been spot on and him and Marcus have found and hit off a really good realtionship. And with Mason and Bruno coming in, that’s improved us creating chances, the team’s creating more chances. And tonight great link play with Juan [Mata].

“We needed to win the game. Of course, I wanted to but I couldn’t get all of [the substitutes] on. We want to win and Antho was begging to come on. But he promised a goal as well, so well done!”

Martial was one of nine players rested against LASK and United face Copenhagen in their quarter-final in Cologne, Germany on Monday, and Solskjaer confirmed changes were inevitable.

“We’ll make changes but now we travel to Germany with a squad that’s had enough game-time. These players needed to play tonight to get their rhythm, get their confidence up, get the feel of a game. It won’t be the same team [against Cologne], we’ll make some changes.

“It’ll be a mini tournament. The rules and regulations of the bubble that have got to travel, we’ve got to stick together and stay together in the hotel and the training ground. Let’s see how long it lasts. Hopefully more than two days, hopefully up to 12 days.

“Everyone’s going to travel on Sunday morning or Saturday night and we’ll stay together as long as we’re in the tournament.”

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