Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks Anthony Martial confidence and Bruno Fernandes impact
Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes each earned strong praise from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for their performances against Club Brugge.
United’s French forward bagged the equaliser for his team, cooly slotting home to get Solskjaer’s men out of jail in Belgium.
Club Brugge took the lead in the first half before Martial levelled the tie in their Europa League round of 32 first leg.
United remain favourites going back to Old Trafford, with the return leg taking place next Thursday (8pm).
Martial is now close to his best goalscoring season in United shirt, having bagged 14 times in all competitions this term.
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His best in a single campaign for the Red Devils was his first, but those 17 strikes cam in 49 appearances compared to his mere 30 to date this season.
Solskjaer has brought out the best in the former Monaco man, 24, who also found the net on Monday as his header opened the scoring in United’s 2-0 Premier League triumph at Chelsea.
Asked about Martial after the game against Club Brugge, Solskjaer said: “He's confident in front of goal now.
“It was a frustrating day until that moment for Anthony.
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“He didn’t get a lot of service, they defended well, man-marking, following men, so there was not a lot of space, and the ball was so lively on that pitch.
“So we'll take that result, go back home and prepare for next week.”
January signing Bruno Fernandes was equally sharp from off the bench this evening too.
The Portuguese playmaker has settled in quickly and making things happen when on the pitch already.
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Discussing Fernandes, 25, Solskjaer added: “He made a huge difference straight away.
“Of course it’s important that we give him time to settle in, but we needed to get more on the ball and get more composed and hopefully get the goal.
“He created some chances and showed what he can do.”
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