Solskjaer Building Anthony Martial To Be The Perfect No. 9 For Man United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits to being on Anthony Martial’s case as Manchester United endeavour to mould the French ahead into a fearsome No.9.
The talented 24-year-old now has that shirt on his back at Old Trafford, having inherited it from the departing Romelu Lukaku in the summer season of 2019.
Martial considers a central hanging position to be his best, but has spent lots of his career to date in England operating in a wider attacking post .
He has the ideal mentor in Solskjaer when it comes to the art of goalscoring, with the Norwegian having recorded 126 efforts for United at some point of a memorable spell with them in his playing days.
The modern Red Devils boss is hoping to omit on phrases of wisdom, telling the club’s official website of the growth being made with the aid of Martial: “If you’re a extensive forward, you’re facing forwards more and running at people.
“Now he’s in a different position, the place it is greater physical and you’ve got to be stronger with your back to goal and be greater patient. It’s your job to be in the field when the ball arrives.
“I’m nonetheless at him. I demand more of him.
Sometimes, the ball is squared across the six-yard line and it’s the place he be. I simply nudge him and say: ‘It should have been a goal for you’.
“Scoring 25 rather of 15 is a big difference for a No.9.”
Martial has netted on 15 occasions for United this season , with the target determined in his closing three appearances.
One of these efforts helped to secure a 1-1 draw away at Club Brugge in the last-32 of the Europa League , with Solskjaer hoping defensive strength will get the job completed at Old Trafford in the return leg of that contest on Thursday.
He added, with his side having kept five clean sheets in their remaining six outings: “It’s a foundation to build performances from.
“If you concede goals, you need to score extra goals and we’ve acquired many individuals at the back taking part in really well.
“The keepers, the full-backs, centre-backs and as a unit, we’re getting more solid and greater compact.
“When I’m on the touchline, I’m stood observing and not confident till the game is long past and then, clean sheet, and a pat on the back.
Concentration and focus. That is what it’s about – in each boxes.”
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