Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes promise to Anthony Martial after below-par Man Utd display

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Anthony Martial’s chances will continue to come despite a below par showing against West Ham.

Manchester United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford by the Hammers.

Solskjaer rang the changes and Martial led the line alongside Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard, but the hosts failed to breach the opposition defence.

The Frenchman has endured a difficult start to the season amid rumours of a summer exit.

Last term he struggled for goals and with Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo arriving his minutes could be slashed.

Martial missed out on the chance to stake his case but Solskjaer refused to close the door on him.

Anthony Martial failed to grasp his opportunity against West Ham

He said: “I don’t think it’s right to go into individual performances. Anto was the same as the rest of the team.

“We lacked some of that cutting edge and he knows what we want from him. He’ll keep working and get his chances.”

So far Martial has started just one of United’s Premier League games, appearing from the bench on three occasions.

Ronaldo is set to command the No 9 role which leaves the former Monaco man fighting for a spot out wide.

The 25-year-old was unable to build on an impressive 2019/20 season, that saw him register his highest ever goal tally.

Nevertheless Solskjaer made it clear this summer that his striker was not up for sale and remained confident about his future prospects.

He said: “I have no plans whatsoever for him to play against us. Anthony has come back strong and hungry, with the determination to prove his fitness and his quality.

“Last season was a difficult and disappointing one for him and you can see that little bit of grit between his teeth again.

“He is up for the challenge, he is Man United player and we are happy to have him. He has proven doubters wrong so many times.”

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United’s Carabao Cup exit will make keeping his squad happy more of a challenge for Solskjaer however.

The competition allowed the Red Devils boss to rotate his squad, but he will now have to hand players minutes during league and European outings.

Fixtures continue to come thick and fast for United, who host Aston Villa and Villarreal before a trip to Everton within the next 10 days.

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