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Man Utd star Anthony Martial isn’t loved by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Teddy Sheringham


Anthony Martial is yet to score for Manchester United this season (Picture: Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Manchester United star Anthony Martial is feeling unloved by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Teddy Sheringham.

The Red Devils have not fallen short in the goals department so far this season but Martial is yet to get on the scoresheet.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho arriving at Old Trafford in the summer, and Edinson Cavani back fit, Martial has fallen down the pecking order.

The 25-year-old has played just 190 minutes of football for United this season, starting only one Premier League and one Carabao Cup match.

Former United striker Sheringham believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to put his arm round him, similar to how Jose Mourinho has taken care of Tammy Abraham at Roma, in order to get his forward’s confidence back.

‘It’s similar to Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham, centre-forwards need to be loved,’ Sheringham told the Daily Mail.

‘If you’re not feeling loved and appreciated, if you feel you have one chance to do well in the Carabao Cup and if you don’t you’re not going to get anywhere near the Premier League games, it does put pressure on you.

Does Anthony Martial deserve more playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

‘Tammy has gone to Roma and Jose Mourinho has said “go in there and if you miss chances, you’re not going to be out the team straight away.”

‘It gives you a relaxed time. Footballers need to be relaxed and cool in front of goal, not snapping at chances.

‘When you are loved by a manager, you have that feeling. Martial obviously isn’t getting that at the moment because there are other players at the club in front of him and you feel like you have to snatch chances when you can.’

Martial has endured mixed fortunes since arriving at United in 2015 with moments of brilliance but lacking consistency when it comes to regular convincing performances.

Anthony Martial is under contract with Manchester United until 2024 (Picture: Oli Scarff/ AFP)

The attacker is still under contract with United until the summer of 2024 despite being linked with a move away from the club earlier this year.

However, despite a lack of playing time this season, Solskjaer indicated in August he’s still very much part of his plans.

‘As I’ve said before we really rate Anthony. Last season was disappointing, we had injuries, he lost some form, the season before he was our top scorer,’ he said.

‘If Anthony is taking all the penalties, or Marcus Rashford last season would have taken all the penalties, that’s another 10-15 goals for a centre forward but we’ve got Bruno [Fernandes] who’s so confident on pens that you can’t take that away from him really.

‘I’m very confident and I like what I see from Anthony when I see him in training now, and when I see him in the gym he has that little bit of grit between his teeth again.’


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