Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined what he wants to see Anthony Martial improve following the forward’s recent upturn in form for Manchester United.
Martial has returned to fine form in recent weeks following a difficult start to the season, with the France international coming off the bench to score one and provide another in the 2-0 win over Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals midweek.
It was the latest encouraging display from the 25-year-old who endured a frustrating start to the season, receiving a red card in the home defeat to Tottenham which resulted in a three-game ban and since struggling for form.
However, Martial has now registered six goal involvements in his past three appearances for Manchester United, providing two assists against Leeds last weekend after netting his first Premier League goal of the season at Sheffield United.
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Martial has shown a greater work ethic in recent weeks, and having ‘set a new standard’ in terms of his ‘running stats’ against Leeds, Solskjaer insists he wants to see ‘more’ of the same from the United number nine.
“Anthony has made some important contributions lately, assists and he has scored goals, he is getting fitter,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“I think he showed against Leeds, and he knows that I am onto him about this, that his running stats have set a new standard for him, which I want to see more from.
“He will always have the quality, Anthony. Maybe his confidence has been bruised a little bit by what happened earlier on in the season, with the red card and he has had some criticism.
“But Anthony is going to be better and better. When we get Mason, Marcus and Anthony firing on all cylinders as well, I think we will be a bigger threat for teams.”