Paul Scholes explains what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed in Anthony Martial
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been praised for his role in transforming the fortunes of Anthony Martial at Manchester United.
The Frenchman has taken things up another notch this season, netting 23 goals for the Red Devils in all competitions.
His latest strike was a last gasp winner in the Europa League at home to LASK, despite only being on the pitch for a few minutes.
Martial has formed a potent attacking trident under Solskjaer this term, with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood also chipping in from wide areas.
And United legend Paul Scholes thinks the manager deserves a huge amount of credit for his part in helping him improve even more.
“He’s been terrific this season, probably one of the players of the season for Manchester United and tonight was no different,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“I’ve been really impressed with Martial, I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I really like him and I think he’s been brilliant this season. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come from him, not only in the next two weeks but also next season as well.
“I think when Ole first came in, I don’t think Martial was hungry enough for goals. I don’t think he lived on goals, even in training maybe he wasn’t doing his finishing and doing his practising.
“I think Ole has really put that into him because he knows what he is capable of. He’s quick, he’s skilful, he can fly past people, he’s very difficult to play against but he’s added to his finishing and his goalscoring.
“There is no doubt that this season he has really done that and there was a little nod to Ole after the goal to show that.”
There were some who thought Martial’s United career was over after he continually failed to deliver on a consistent basis.
This, coupled with his £50million price-tag when he joined from Monaco, put the forward under increasing amounts of pressure.
But he seems to have come out the other side and will be hoping to get even better next season.
For now though United still have a Europa League quarter-final to navigate through on Monday, when they take on Copenhagen.
Martial and the rest of Solskjaer’s big hitters will be hoping to start that game, rather than settle for a place on the bench.