Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Solskjaer Tells Star Man Tony to Do Ron Run

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Solskjaer Tells Star Man Tony to Do Ron Run

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OLE Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Anthony Martial to make more direct runs in order to score more goals for United after he committed his long-term future to the club.

The striker, 23, signed a new five-year contract on Thursday to end speculation over his United future and is expected to recover from a training injury to figure at Leicester on Sunday.

Solskjaer joked last week Martial was overdue a goal, having gone a month without one, following his clincher at Arsenal and the caretaker manager echoed Gary Neville's analysis of the French forward.

Neville said in October Martial needed to make more direct runs in behind the last defender to improve his goal tally and Solskjaer opened up on his one-to-one coaching with Martial.

"It's a confirmation that we are happy with him," Solskjaer said of the contract renewal.

"We believe in him because he's got fantastic potential.

"He's had some ups and downs at the club, he's been top scorer, he's been developing, of course as a young lad moving abroad it's not easy but now he knows he's going to stay here for the coming future and I believe in him, I certainly believe in him.

"He's a fantastic finisher, great ability, he's young, but he's intelligent, knows his football, I'd like him to do - he knows - a couple more runs in behind but I've not seen many players with the quick feet and the skills in the last third as he has, so we're going to build his career and hopefully he'll grab the chance with both feet.

"He has the capability [to score 20 goals in a season] but as I said here I'd like him to make a few more runs in behind because he doesn't miss chances.

"When he gets chances, he's a fantastic finisher, so he needs to get more chances, that's one of the things I keep telling him, you've got to read and sniff wherever there's going to be a chance, maybe some scruffy goals at times. …

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