Anthony Martial explains amazing Man Utd turnaround and appears to blame Mourinho's lack of faith in him for poor form
ANTHONY MARTIAL has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's faith in him for the amazing turnaround in his Manchester United career.
The 24-year-old shone in the No.9 role last season as he enjoyed his best-ever campaign at Old Trafford with 24 goals in all competitions.
The Frenchman has previously admitted that he did not enjoy a good relationship with former United boss Jose Mourinho.
The forward was left out of the side and was publicly criticised by the polarising Portuguese during his time in charge at Old Trafford.
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Yet Martial has since become a key member of the Red Devils again since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho in December 2018.
And the former Monaco man appeared to blame the Norwegian's predecessor's lack of faith in him for his poor performances.
Asked to explain his upturn in form, Martial told the club's official website: “I think it’s down to the fact that I’ve enjoyed more game time.
“I’ve played in practically every game and so I think it’s all about consistency.
“In previous seasons I haven’t been able to feature as regularly; I’d be on the bench quite a bit and other times I’d be starting, which was quite difficult.
Right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match
“Whereas right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match.
“So, I’m giving everything I can in order to pay back that trust he has shown.
“[I'm hungry for all goals] because for me, a goal is a goal. So simply by managing to score more of a simple kind of goal, I know that I’ll score a lot more in total.
“It’s something that we work on a lot in training and I then try and reproduce that in a match situation.”
Martial also admitted that he has been reaping the benefits of his extra fitness work behind the scenes.
He added: “My job, or aim is to score goals. When I don’t have the ball, it’s to be the first defender, meaning I have to press and close down.
"It’s something we work on in training and we’ve also worked hard on my fitness too.
"I’ve put in some great work with the coaching staff and now I just want to make sure I continue in the same vein in order to be even better for next season.”
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