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Anthony Martial has reportedly been reprimanded by his new boss..

Anthony Martial has been disciplined by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Christmas

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Everything at Manchester United has looked rosy since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho earlier this month, like a dark cloud had somehow been lifted from Old Trafford.

The players seem happier, the fans seem happier, and the future of United just feel brighter, as though anything could happen from here.

Solskjaer has only taken charge of two games, admittedly against 'weaker' opposition both times, but the eight goals & six points that followed have steered United on a positive track.

The 5-1 win over Cardiff in Solskjaer first game felt significant - it was the first time United scored five in a game since Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge.

Boxing Day's 3-1 win at home to Huddersfield felt like a turning point, too, as Paul Pogba put in a brilliant performance to remind everyone of how much potential is there.

Attacking footballl and getting the best out of Pogba - those two things may as well have been the brief for Solskjaer when he signed on for his a six-month stint in charge.

But according to reports, the Norwegian hasn't had absolutely everything his own way over the last few weeks.

The Daily Mail claims that Solskjaer was forced to reprimand Anthony Martial after the striker failed to show up for training on Christmas evening.

Martial had gone to France with his partner and child but missed his flight back, preventing him from training and leaving Solskjaer unimpressed.

Anthony Martial scored in Solskjaer's opening game but was absent on Boxing Day.

The Frenchman subsequently missed the win over Huddersfield, which the United boss had initially played off, saying: "He must have had a bad chef over Christmas. If it's food poisoning or something. I don't know, but he's fallen ill over Christmas."

But it now looks like that may have just been a cover story.

This isn't the first time Martial has gotten into trouble like this, having infamously fallen out with Mourinho over the summer after he flew home for the birth of his child and went AWOL.

Solskjaer will be hoping that this truly was just a blip in an otherwise very positive start.

Topics:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Football
Anthony Martial
France Football
Jose Mourinho
Premier League

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