Date published: Monday 19th August 2019 12:26

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained how he’s handling Anthony Martial differently to previous Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

The 23-year-old has played 13 games since signing a new contract at Old Trafford in January, scoring just three goals and assisting one in that time.

However, Martial started the new campaign off in the right way with a goal as United brushed aside Chelsea 4-0 in their opening match of the Premier League season.

And United boss Solskjaer expects him to have a greater impact in front of goal this term as he alters the way the France international plays.

“Anthony’s had spells when he’s played number nine as a centre forward under [Louis] van Gaal, then he’s played on the left the last few years,” Solskjaer said.

“I think him and Marcus both are capable of playing both positions. Sometimes it will be Marcus through the middle and Anthony on the left, or Dan James on the left and maybe one of them on the right.

“But, of course, the goals are scored from between the posts and not the worldies that we’ve seen them score, both of them, Marcus and Anthony with curlers in the top corner or dribble.

“I want both of them to be more scoring easy goals because you don’t have to work too hard to score them, just a little bit of movement.

“It was a great counter-attack [against Chelsea], great runs by Anthony and I think maybe he felt he should have got the first pass, it went a little bit wide out to Jesse [Lingard] and he stopped.

“But then he got himself back in a good position and even though he might have mis-hit it it went in. So if you can get five extra goals like this every season, both of them, that’s 10.”

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