Solskjaer explains why he started Anthony Martial and benched Jadon Sancho against Southampton

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to play Anthony Martial as a striker in the game against Southampton, but it didn’t seem to work.

For the first game of the season, Solskjaer had opted to play Mason Greenwood as a striker against Leeds, and the 19-year-old was in devastating form.

However, Martial cut an anonymous figure all through the game playing as a striker against the Saints until he was subbed off early in the second half.

Sancho came on for Martial in the second half, and Manchester United fans have taken to social media to vent their frustration over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave Jadon Sancho on the bench against Southampton.

Solskjaer has now explained the reasons for his decision.

Explaining why he started Anthony Martial upfront, Solskjaer said: “We wanted to get Antho (Martial) going, to have call it two more forwards, Anthony to drift into the left and Mason coming inside from the right.

“Mason scores a very good goal, he didn’t have one of his best days but he still contributes. When Jadon came on, I thought he looked really sharp for the first 10 or 15 mins but then the whole team fell away and in the last 15 mins we didn’t play particularly well.”