Manchester United star Martial has fallen down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford pecking order in recent times, with the France international stuck in a rut.
Back in January, the forward was all smiles as he posed with his manager after signing a new contract.
Solskjaer then backed Martial to be a big influence for Manchester United, saying: “It’s a confirmation that we are happy with him, we believe in him he’s got fantastic potential, he’s had ups and downs he’s been top scorer, he’s been developing, as a young lad moving abroad it’s not easy but he knows he’s going to stay here for the coming future and I believe in him.
“Very good, he’s a fantastic finisher, great ability, he’s young, he’s intelligent, knows his football, I’d like him to do a couple more runs in behind but I’ve not seen many player with the quick feet and the skills in the last third as he has so we’re gonna build his career and hopefully he’ll grab the chance with both feet.”
Martial has scored just twice since then, however.
A recent report claimed that Solskjaer was frustrated with the 23-year-old for what he deems a poor attitude.
A training clip of Martial in the warm-up before a Premier League clash with Chelsea has also not helped the player’s cause.
But, despite that, the Daily Star say United have told the player he will not be sold this summer.
Solskjaer is willing to stand by his struggling star and give him time to turn his Old Trafford career around.
United are set to sign at least one new forward this summer.
Jason Sancho, Gareth Bale and Callum Hudson-Odoi are just three names being linked.
But Martial, it seems, is set to stay.
Solskjaer recently backed the forward to step up, saying: “Anthony’s got goals in him, it’s up to us to move forward and get that into him again.
“So I’m sure we’ll see him scoring goals again in the future.”
United signed Martial from Monaco in 2015 for £36million.
Few had heard of the forward prior to the move but he scored a stunning solo goal against Liverpool on his debut to silence his critics.
He has helped United win the EFL Cup and Europa League in the time since.