Solskjaer gives verdict on Anthony Martial's display against Everton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Anthony Martial a surprise start when Manchester United faced Everton today.

Martial rewarded the faith of his manager by opening the scoring shortly before half-time.

Unfortunately, his afternoon was soured by an injury which forced him off early in the second half.

Speaking to BT Sport (2.53pm) after the game, Solskjaer was asked about Martial’s performance and delivered his verdict.

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“Anthony did well,” said Solskjaer. “Could have had one or two more, of course.

“He had a back post header, could have scored at the back stick there. A very good goal, by the way.

“The way we played it and switched it. That was the intention second half as well but we couldn’t get the cutting edge.”

Solskjaer didn’t offer an update on Martial’s injury but he will hope it’s nothing which keeps him out of action after the international break.

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That would disrupt the bit of momentum Martial has built up with his goal.

In the short period he was on after his strike, it was clear to see his confidence had been raised.

Martial’s replacement, Jadon Sancho, did play well when he came on but United were actually better when the Frenchman was on the pitch.

It was another disappointing afternoon and Martial’s return to the scoresheet after eight months away was probably the biggest positive.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.