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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns Man Utd star Anthony Martial he could be replaced in transfer window


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Anthony Martial to keep up his progress (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Anthony Martial that are plenty of players in world football that would happily take his spot as the Red Devils’ centre forward.

Martial was moved inside from the left-wing to become the club’s focal point following Romelu Lukaku’s £73m move to Inter Milan last summer.

The Frenchman was given his old number 9 shirt in recognition of the move and he’s certainly cut a happier figure this term, scoring 19 times in 37 appearances for the club in what is his best scoring campaign in a red shirt.

Solskjaer admits he’s delighted with Martial’s progress and says the Frenchman has listened to his advice, particularly when it comes to scoring ‘scrappy’ goals in and around the six-yard box.

However, the Norwegian has warned Martial that he must continue to make progress because there are players both inside and outside the club that could take his position.


Martial has enjoyed his best season to date at United (Picture: Getty)

‘We’ll keep challenging him [Martial],’ said Solskjaer.

‘There are always players in and around the team – and outside the club – who would want to be No. 9 for Manchester United.

‘He’s playing with a smile on his face. Anthony has had a really good season, he’s been really important for us. We felt it during the couple of months he was out injured; we struggled


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Haaland had been a target before he joined Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

‘He knows that we trust him. He knows that we’ll have patience with him and that we’ll keep working with him. He’s [Martial] a good finisher but it’s about being in and around the right positions. He’s developed more and more in terms of getting into that penalty area and closer to the goal.

‘We do a lot of work in finishing groups and sessions but it’s also down to him to be mentally sharp and ready. We’ve always known he’s a quality player and highly, highly skilful.’

United were desperate to sign Norway striker Erling Haaland in the January transfer window but the forward chose Bundesliga giants Dortmund instead.

That led to Solskjaer signing Odion Ighalo on an emergency loan, which was extended by an extra six months in early July due to the pandemic.

Nevertheless, United are not expected to sign the Nigerian on a permanent deal and want to sign a youngster striker to compete with Martial.

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Article source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/06/29/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-warns-man-utd-star-anthony-martial-replaced-transfer-window-12919896/

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