Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United players to raise their game in the bid to secure another Champions League ticket.
The Norwegian gaffer has experienced a decline in recent weeks since taking up the role as United’s permanent boss which culminated in the Red Devils 3-0 drubbing at Nou Camp.
In the first few months of Solskjaer’s reign as United’s interim boss, the whole squad looked rejuvenated with the likes of Martial, Pogba and Rashford all finding the back of the net.
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A player of Martial’s quality has only mustered one goal in his last eight appearances for the club which has raised a lot of concerns for United fans currently questioning how both the French ace and entire squad lost the bright spark.
Asked whether Martial was a player that needs a reality check, Solskjaer responded via Football365: “I’ve spoken to individuals and they know and Anthony is one I’ve spoken to, what we expect from them.
“Anthony’s got a massive talent, got a new contract he knows we believe in him, so just keep working.”
On whether United’s front line, including the likes of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, need to be delivering more goals consistently, Solskjaer added: “I think anyone that plays for Manchester United has to deliver, to stay in the squad and stay in the team and Anthony is no diff to Rashy or Rom or Alexis or the many forwards we have to choose from.
“And that’s the great thing about it now it’s down to players, ownership they take coming back pre-season but I don’t wanna talk about pre-season now.”
United still needs to navigate a couple of difficult games against Everton, Man City and Chelsea to salvage any hope of making the top four, meaning there shouldn’t be any margin for error.