Mourinho came under fire for his defensive tactics during his Old Trafford reign – and Martial says Solskjaer’s instructions are “easier” to understand
Manchester United star Anthony Martial aimed a dig at Jose Mourinho, claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics are “easier” to understand.
United interim boss Solskjaer has won 10 of his 11 games since replacing Mourinho in December and the Norwegian is bringing the best out of Martial and Marcus Rashford, two forwards who struggled for form under his predecessor.
Martial, who scored a sublime solo goal in the 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, said: “We have got a coach who has different intentions and we are trying to do what [Solskjaer] asks.
“Perhaps it is easier to play this style of football and not the style of football [Mourinho] asked.”
And the 23-year-old, who has scored 33 and recorded 17 assists in just 106 games, added his own specific instructions have also changed.
Martial added: “He is asking me to attack more. That is my job after all. To make the difference, to be more decisive.
“Things are working out well for the other attackers and I hope we can continue to be as effective.”
Martial was linked with a move away from Old Trafford during Mourinho’s reign, but signed a new five-year deal last month. He has scored two goals in his previous three games and is likely to feature when United host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.
He said: “When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence, a lot of determination, that was really helpful.
“We are trying to pay him back and things are working out well at the moment. We hope they will tomorrow.”
Reports have claimed Solskjaer will be handed the United job on a full-time basis if his side beat PSG to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Asked about his manager’s future, Martial said: “Obviously things are going really well, we are really happy to have him here and we hope we can continue but the final decision isn’t with us.”