Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Man United boss Solskjaer considering playing Anthony Martial in striker role – Standard

Man United’s pre-season

Manchester United have so far enjoyed an excellent start to their 2019 pre-season.

The Red Devils got off to a winning start vs Perth Glory, picking up a 2-0 victory.

United would then beat Leeds United 4-0, before seeing off Inter Milan by one goal to nil on Saturday the 20th of July.

Man United’s next game sees them face fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham on July 25th.

Anthony Martial celebrates Man United winner at Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on January 20, 2018 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Martial up top?

Throughout all three of these games, Anthony Martial has been operating in a slightly different role.

Since his move to Old Trafford in 2015 from AS Monaco, Martial has played largely as a left-winger.

This past season saw the Frenchman make 38 appearances across all competitions, scoring 12 and assisting three. 25 of those games were played on the left.

However, from the start vs Perth Glory and Inter Milan, and also from the bench vs Leeds, Martial was deployed as the central striker.

Considering the fact that Marcus Rashford was also available in said games, playing Martial through the middle may have seemed a bit odd.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering playing Martial as a central striker in the forthcoming season.

The Standard claims that Martial is considered to be one of the most clinical finishers at the club.

Martial could also be a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has sat out all three of United’s pre-season games so far, and it has recently been reported that Inter Milan have bid €60m for the Belgian.

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