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Martial Learning Well From Ighalo, Says Solskjaer

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said Anthony Martial is learning very well on improving his goalscoring technique from fellow striker Odion Ighalo.

Speaking in an interview, Solskjaer said the Frenchman, who is United’s main striker this season, is picking up tips on movement and hold-up play from Ighalo, a former Super Eagles striker.

Martial has often been played out wide in the early years of his career, but has now become United’s No.9.

Although Martial’s form has not been consistent, he has had a reasonably productive season so far and his next goal will be his 20th in all competitions.

Solskjaer said the 31-year-old Ighalo, who is on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in China, has been putting his experience to good use for the younger striker.

“Odion is a seasoned No.9, He’s played that position his whole career whereas Anthony has played more out on the wing,” the Norwegian manager told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Solskjaer added: “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.”

 

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