Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strongly believes Anthony Martial can be the club’s striker that experts have been claiming the Red Devils should have signed in this summer’s transfer window.
United have not scored more than a single goal in 12 of their 13 matches this season since allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave for Inter.
Recently, club legend Roy Keane advised Solskjaer to go out, break the bank and sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur but the Norwegian coach feels he already has the solution to his team’s striking problems.
As reported by AS, who quote Solskjaer’s interview in the Daily Mirror, he said, “I’ve heard what some people have said about us being short of a genuine number nine, but Anthony has absolutely everything in his locker to take that role.”
He continued, “He can be a target man, he’s quick, he’s technical, and one of the reasons he wanted to stay here was because I told him I saw him as a central striker. I don’t think people outside the club realise how good this lad is, but the players in the dressing room know.”
Revealing that Martial has gained the confidence of his teammates, Solskjaer continued, “When we are talking about how we are going to score goals, they say, ‘We will just give the ball to Anthony.’ He has the confidence of his team-mates and his manager because we see him every day in training.”
Martial has previously been questioned about his attitude and body language during games and Solskjaer chose to speak on that as he stated, “People have the wrong idea about Anthony. He is a lad who enjoys life and always has a smile on his face. I know some people will be surprised by that because he is always being criticised for having poor body language.”
He concluded, “But he is happy again. He always wanted to be Manchester United’s number nine and he’s got his number back. We’ve missed him for the last eight weeks. We hoped to have him back earlier and he was so desperate to play that he really pushed his recovery and ended up having a small recurrence.”