The Man Utd forward struggled to form in the last campaign, but Solskjaer is confident he will improve his goal in the new season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær supported Anthony Martial to prove his doubts wrong and believes Manchester United fans will see a different player than last season.
The Frenchman scored just seven goals in all matches in 37 games last quarter, but Solskjaer saw something in the preseason that made him believe that the 25-year-old would turn things around.
Solskjaer makes suggestions that the forward can leave the club before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, explaining why he hopes this season will be different for Martial.
What was said?
Solskjaer was asked during his press conference before Leeds if he thinks Martial has what it takes to be Man Utd’s number 9.
He replied: ‘Like I said before, we really appreciate Anthony. Last season was disappointing, we had injuries, he lost a form, the season before he was our top scorer.
‘If Anthony takes all the penalties, or Marcus Rashford would have taken all the penalties last season, it’s still 10-15 goals for a midfielder, but we have Bruno [Fernandes] who is so confident in pens that you can not really take it away from him.
“I’m very confident and I like what I see of Anthony when I see him exercise now, and when I see him in the gym he has a bit of a crust between his teeth again.”
Solskjaer also wants to see the forwards increase their goal, after Fernandes finished last season as the club’s highest scorer with 28 goals in all competitions.
‘I think with the forwards we have, yes, Anthony will score more goals than last season. I think Mason [Greenwood] will only develop. Edinson [Cavani] started late in the season, I think he will score more goals. Jadon [Sancho] will come in and score goals, so I have the confidence that Bruno will not just have to take the burden to score goals, ”explains Solskjaer.
An attacking midfielder should not be the only one to score 15-20 goals.
Warfare in 2020-21
Martial scored just four goals in the league in the last campaign, while his other three came in the Champions League (two) and the Carabao Cup (one).
The French forward has missed the last ten league games of the season with a knee injury that has sidelined him for five months.
The season before, Martial had scored 23 goals in the campaign, with 17 of those in the league.
What about Martial’s future?
There has been a lot of speculation about Martial’s future at Old Trafford. Purpose He understands that his position in the team has never been in doubt and he has always been in Solskjaer’s plans.
And the United manager has confirmed that the Frenchman will not go anywhere this month.
“I would not be surprised if other teams target Anthony, he is a very good player,” said Solskjær. ‘He returned strong, hungry and determined to prove his fitness and quality.
“Last season was a difficult time for him, and you can see a little dirt through his teeth again. He is up for the challenge, he is a Man Utd player and we are glad we have him. He has doubters have been proven wrong many times. ”