How Wolves’ keeper Rui Patricio dented Anthony Martial’s confidence – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Quotes

How Wolves’ keeper Rui Patricio dented Anthony Martial’s confidence – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Quotes

Patricio knocks Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has been suffering since the international break. The 24-year-old was called up to the France squad for the match against Portugal which they won.

However, Martial failed to score despite having 5 shots on the Portuguese goal and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio was resolute in keeping his Premier League colleague off the scoresheet.

Solskjaer said, “Against Portugal he showed his qualities as a centre forward, getting into positions, then [Rui] Patricio made a few good saves and that might have affected Anthony’s confidence. Anthony last season showed he made big strides, now it’s time again to make even bigger strides, to develop more.”

Martial was a pivotal part of Solskjaer’s side which achieved Champions League qualification in the 2019/20 season. Since, Edinson Cavani has arrived and after scoring his first United goal against Everton, the Uruguayan will be vying with the Frenchman for the starting striking spot.

“He scored 23 last season, which was a big return, but every season is a challenge and you cannot rest on your laurels at Man United. There are demands on every position. We want Anthony to kick on. But his conversion rate has always been good.”

Solskjaer’s 10 point warning

After losing in Turkey, Manchester United’s position in their Champions League group looks less secure. They face Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford looking to avoid a repeat of the previous scoreline.

RB Leipzig, having beaten PSG, could put themselves in prime position to qualify with the English club if they manage to repeat their efforts.

Solskjaer admits that with the intensity and quality in the group, it may take more than the typical 10 point haul to achieve qualification from the group.

How Wolves’ keeper Rui Patricio dented Anthony Martial’s confidence – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Quotes

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“We need at least ten points to go through definitely, maybe it’s even likely that you have to have 12 points,” the Norwegian coach said.

“So we’re going into this game trying to win it and trying to win it well with a good performance, because we have got games coming thick and fast, so getting to ten points as quickly as you can was the main point but that defeat was a big blow last time.”

Manchester United host Istanbul Basaksehir at 20:00 on Tuesday alongside PSG’s clash with Leipzig at the same time.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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