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Graeme Souness reveals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘biggest challenge’ at Manchester United


Graeme Souness says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has work to do at Man Utd (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘biggest challenge’ at Manchester United is how to get the best out of inconsistent Red Devils forward Anthony Martial, according to Graeme Souness.

Martial became the most expensive teenager in history when Man United spent an initial £36million to sign him from Monaco in 2015.

Despite showing glimpses of his undoubted potential, there is a feeling that there is still more to come from Martial, who has scored 78 goals in 254 appearances at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has admitted this season that Martial has not been at his best, with the Frenchman scoring four goals in 20 Premier League appearances.

Souness says Martial’s form remains an issue for Solskjaer and has rated Man United’s chances of finishing in the top four this season.

He told The Times: ‘Manchester United were not great against Newcastle last weekend, but they end up getting the goals and the job done.

‘I said at the start of the season that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest challenge was keeping a fire lit under Anthony Martial and nothing has happened since to change my opinion.

Solskjaer expects Martial to come through his ‘difficult patch’ (Picture: Getty)

‘But Edinson Cavani has been a plus and they are getting the job done in most cases, so I reckon they will end up in the top four.

‘Right now, Chelsea also have momentum, so, along with Manchester City and Leicester City, that would be my top four right now, but you could ask me every fortnight from now until the end of the season and I’d change my opinion every fortnight.

‘That’s how mad this season is.’

Speaking last week, Solskjaer backed ‘hard-working’ Martial to come through his ‘difficult patch’ at Old Trafford.

‘Anthony knows what we want, and he is working really hard to do well for the team and that’s what is pleasing me the most when I see him every day in training,’ said Solskjaer.

‘He is not going to sit down and wait for things to happen, he knows he will have to make it happen himself and we encourage him, we coach him, and we know he has going this quality and class.

‘Everyone goes through difficult patches from time to time and I think we saw again tonight, he is working hard and that is the main thing.’

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