Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Anthony Martial’s performance against West Ham.

Quoted by The Independent, Solskjaer attempted to rebutt the question and said he preferred not to go into individual displays.

Solskjaer did concede United lacked incision up front and told Martial to keep working hard.

The United boss said: “I don’t think it’s right to go into individual performances.

“Anthony [Martial] was the same as the rest of the team — we lacked some of that cutting edge.

“He knows what we want from him, if he keeps on working, he’ll get his chances.”

Manchester United v West Ham United - Carabao Cup Third Round
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Martial struggled to make an impact

This was the big chance Anthony Martial was waiting for and he did not take it.

 

The Frenchman passed his best opportunity to try and square the ball to Diogo Dalot, who did not anticipate it.

Martial had three shots at goal in total with one on target. United had 27 shots in the game and lost 1-0.

Manuel Lanzini scored an early goal for the Hammers and for all United’s subsequent dominance, the team could not find a breakthrough.

Martial played all 90 minutes on a disappointing night for United. It could be the only 90 minutes he plays all season, considering the many options the team have.

United were without Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani through injury and Cristiano Ronaldo who was rested.

This was a big opportunity for Martial and he did not take it. Solskjaer says he will get more chances, but based on tonight’s game, he did not really earn them.

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