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Solskjaer: Anthony Martial was man of the match against Man City

Sun 07 March 2021 | 21:28

Despite being a doubt to play against Manchester City, the Red Devils’ forward pleased his boss with his impressive performance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

was satisfied with

Anthony Martial

’s display in

Manchester United

’s 2-0 victory over

Manchester City

in the

Premier League

on Sunday, notwithstanding the France international being a doubt to play.

The 25-year-old gifted his side a penalty as Gabriel Jesus fouled on him early doors, with

Bruno Fernandes

delivering the penalty and helping his side take the lead in the first half.

The Frenchman has missed his side’s last two Premier League clashes and met the net only three times this season.

The Red Devils’ boss praised Martial for pulling off the best performance against the City, despite not expecting him to feature on Sunday.

"

Anthony Martial was man of the match and he was an even bigger doubt than Luke [Shaw],

" he told 

BBC Sport

.

"

That was the Anthony we know, strong, positive and taking players on. [I'm] delighted for him."

He added to 

Sky Sports

: "

Every game is different. We went back to be a little bit what we wanted to be and that's being direct. That was the Anthony Martial of old.

"Until two hours before warm-up I wasn't sure if he'd play. Today he rediscovered himself. He was really strong on the ball and very positive."

Following Fernandes helping his side score the opener,

Luke Shaw

met the second target in the 50th minute, sealing the three points for his side.

Solskjaer revealed that despite his squad’s difficult moments, he is pleased with the way they performed.

"

Delighted. I'd say you get the first goal, we were on the front foot for 10-15 minutes but then the last half hour of the first half I felt we played too much on the result,

" he said.

"

Sometimes when you defend against strong teams inevitably, they create chances. We had to get to half time to get hold of everyone again.

"The second goal was magnificent. Luke just showed what he is about. He was a massive doubt this morning and had to go through a fitness test to play. What a performance.

"I thought we defended really well, we were more like ourselves with the ball attacking wise."

United will lock horns with

AC Milan

in the

Europa League

on Thursday. They will then take on

West Ham

in the Premier League, sitting second on the table, 11 points adrift of the leaders City.


source: SportMob
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