Solskjaer defends Martial after another quiet performance against West Brom

Anthony Martial endured another quiet afternoon yesterday as Manchester United drew 1-1 with West Brom.

That’s five points dropped against the worst two sides in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Martial was the first United player substituted, making way for Mason Greenwood on 65 minutes.

But after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended the Frenchman and underlined his belief that he will come good again.

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No [I’m not concerned by his form]. I know Anto is working hard to get back to where he was,” said Solskjaer after the game, according to United’s official website.

And he’ll score goals. His attitude is very good. Form is sometimes temporary but class is permanent.

“The kid’s got class. So when he works hard, we know it’s going to come out with the good performances in the end.

Solskjaer’s comments came on the back of a performance where Martial touched the ball just 40 times, as per WhoScored.


He didn’t get a shot away or make a key pass from his position out on the left wing.

Martial also didn’t get a cross in or complete a dribble – but he did take three unsuccessful touches.

Just as concerning was his attitude. He didn’t really look up for the fight, although the same could be said for many of his teammates too.

Yesterday’s game made it seven games against the Baggies without scoring for the Frenchman.

Solskjaer is keeping the faith in public with Martial, but he may well find himself on the bench against Real Sociedad in midweek on the basis of yesterday’s performance.

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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.