Anthony Martial sent message by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd slump

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Anthony Martial to rediscover his form, claiming “class is permanent”.

The Manchester United boss started the Frenchman during the 1-1 draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns.

But Martial struggled to have a lasting impact on the game and was substituted just after the hour mark, with Mason Greenwood taking his place.

After scoring 23 times last season, there were high hopes that Martial could be a long-term option for United playing through the middle.

However, this campaign has seen him register just seven goals in all competitions, with only four of those coming in the league.

Edinson Cavani has replaced Martial as the central option for the Red Devils, a move that has seen Martial move out wide in recent weeks.

Asked if he was concerned about the forward’s form, Solskjaer said: "Oh no, I know Anthony is working hard to get back to where he was.

"His attitude is very good. Form is sometimes temporary but class is permanent and the kid has got class.

"And when he works hard we know he's going to come out with the performances in the end."

Solskjaer’s former team-mate Dwight Yorke has also backed Martial to return to form, predicting he could blossom in the next couple of seasons.

“He’s had a pretty difficult time, at times, hasn’t he and I think he’s been singled out, in my opinion, very harshly,” Yorke told the club’s site.

“I think he’s a fantastic player for what he brings to the team but has probably, in my opinion, been singled out far too often. He’s done a fantastic job and is still only a young guy.

He added: “Coming into our league in England is very difficult for any guy and he’s still at that, I call it, the football education stage. He’s still 25 and has a couple of years before he really blossoms into the footballer he should become.

“He’s still at that learning curve but, yeah, I feel winning takes care of everything. It’s an old cliché but, when you’re scoring goals as a striker, that will always take care of everything.

“At the moment, he’s not doing that and people always point the finger at an individual or a few individuals, singling him out at the moment.

“So, for me, it’s been harshly done but, at the end of the day, being a Manchester United player, you are always going to have people trying to do that.”

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