Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has revealed to UTD Unscripted that his recent up-turn in form is due to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s detailed guidance and tutelage.
The Frenchman scored in his first game back last weekend following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The 23-year-old explained that his Norwegian boss has been hugely influential since taking over the reigns in Manchester and his attacking mentality and man-management skills have benefitted all forwards at the club.
Martial has played through the middle and on the wing since arriving from Monaco in 2015 without really settling on a fixed role in the team.
The departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have increased the burden on the young Frenchman to find the back of the net, but with four goals in just six appearances so far this season, the 23-year-old has accepted the challenge willingly.
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Martial appears to be Solskjaer’s preferred choice to lead the line, and is determined to prove to his manager that he can be a consistent threat as an out-and-out striker.
“When I was a kid, I always played upfront and through the centre, and I know I can give a lot to the role now at United,” said Martial, per UTD Unscripted.
“We have one of the great finishers to learn from in training now, with Ole as our manager.
“I’ve watched quite a few clips of him from when he was still playing, and what a finisher he was – he scored some fantastic goals.
“During training, he sometimes gives these little flicks and moves and you can see he still has it. The skill, the touch, the finish…we can all see what he’s got!
“Ole also gives us forwards a lot of advice in relation to our positioning on the pitch, and we’re glad to receive it. It’s important to keep learning new things, new elements that can widen your range of options and make you more efficient as a player when you’re out there on the pitch.
“He has a lot of knowledge to share from being a top striker himself and that will help us as forwards individually, and as we move forward as a team. Frankly, playing as a striker, you’re not there to make blinding passes or massive runs.
“I’ve come to understand that to score, you have to be obsessed, to be fixated on just that, scoring goals. That’s how you enjoy yourself as a striker.
“That’s not a choice — that’s how it has to be.”
United take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday at 12:30pm and will look to continue their resurgence after victories in their last three matches, which have all come away from Old Trafford.
Martial will be key to United’s success moving forward and should link up well with both Daniel James and Marcus Rashford, who have been in fine form recently.
The tell-all interview with UTD Unscripted also sheds light on the forward’s upbringing in Les Ulis and how his parents helped mould him into the man he is today.News Now - Sport News