Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Martial learning well from Ighalo - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Martial learning well from Ighalo - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Anthony Martial is benefiting from Odion Ighalo's stay at the club.

Nigeria International Ighalo has played as a striker all his life but Martial, on the other hand, has been used on the wing in the early stage of his career but has now made the United No.9 position his.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now revealed the French international is benefiting from the experience of Ighalo and learning a lot from the Nigerian.

'Odion is a seasoned No.9,' Solskjaer said

'He's played that position his whole career whereas Anthony has played more out on the wing.'

'Odion is helping on the training pitch, in terms of his movement, hold-up play and just being himself. Anthony's learning off an experienced centre-forward.'

'It's the first season that he's really playing as a No.9; he's had to have that burden of the shirt and be that central focus through the middle.'

'Sometimes that's not easy when you play for Manchester United but he knows that we trust him and I think he knows that we want him to keep developing.'

'We'll keep challenging him. There are always players in and around the team - and outside the club - who would want to be No.9 for Manchester United. There's always pressure on a centre-forward but so far, he's performed really well.'

The United manager also revealed Martial is happy playing as a No.9 and that he is always playing with a smile on his face.

'He's playing with a smile on his face,' Solskjaer added

'Anthony has had a really good season, he's been really important for us. We felt it during the couple of months he was out injured; we struggled.'

'But he knows that we trust him. He knows that we'll have patience with him and that we'll keep working with him.'

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