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Solskjaer defends Anthony Martial against critics following Man United draw with West Brom



Anthony Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that Anthony Martial is “working hard” to get back in shape after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce’s team took an early lead at The Hawthorns before Bruno Fernandes scored an excellent equalizer.

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Edinson Cavani led United’s attack, while Martial struggled to make impact at the left flank before being replaced by Mason Greenwood in the 66th minute.

After finishing as United’s top scorer last season, the 25-year-old has been less prolific this season with just four goals in 19 Premier League appearances so far.

But Solskjaer is confident that Martial will regain his best level.

“I know Anthonyโ€™s working hard to get back to where he was and heโ€™ll score goals,โ€™ said Solskjaer.

“His attitude is very good, form is sometimes temporary but class is permanent and the kid has got class.

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“And when he works hard we know heโ€™s going to come out with the performances in the end.”

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial has struggled in front of goal for Man United this season. (Photo by Getty Images)

Solskjaer also admitted that United lacked “ruthlessness ” in the final third against West Brom, who are 12 points behind safety after the draw.

The attitude is right,โ€™ said the United manager.

“I have seen the focus, the work the coaches have done, and the focus and their attitude are right. I cannot fault it at all.

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“Itโ€™s about the quality in games. It doesnโ€™t matter in the Premier League if you play the fifth team, the 18th team, or the 10th team.

“Youโ€™ve got to produce quality in the big moments. We just lacked that little bit of ruthlessness and clinical finishing. Definitely.”