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Solskjaer: Martial begged to come on and promised a goal

Anthony Martial, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Manchester United
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained Anthony Martial’s celebration after scoring the winning goal in the match against LASK.

Manchester United progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 7-1 aggregate demolition of Austrian side LASK Linz.

Having won the first leg 5-0, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to play a much-weakened team in the second leg on Wednesday.

Surprisingly, United were made to work hard for the 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. They remained unsuccessful in breaching the opposition defense until almost an hour. Also, it took very late into the game and the introduction of Anthony Martial to break the deadlock.

After scoring, Martial looked up to the stands and smiled at his manager before they went on to embrace each other.

“We needed to win the game. Of course, I wanted to but I couldn’t get all of [the substitutes] on,” said Solskjaer after the match, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“We want to win and Anthony was begging to come on. But he promised a goal as well, so well done!”

“Anthony has upped his work-rate. He’s working harder in training, he’s working harder in the games; his physical stats show that. He’s been an absolute joy to work with.”