Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails hat-trick man Anthony Martial after Man Utd's win

Updated: Jun 26, 2020, 15:15 IST | AFP | Manchester

Anthony Martial heroics stole the spotlight from United teammate Paul Pogba, who was making his first start since September 30

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saluted Anthony Martial's improved killer instinct after his hat-trick fired Manchester United to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Wednesday. Martial struck twice in the first half and completed his first senior treble after the interval at Old Trafford. The France forward is the first United player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Alex Ferguson retired as their manager in 2013.

His heroics stole the spotlight from United teammate Paul Pogba, who was making his first start since September 30. Solskjaer's side, unbeaten in their last 13 games in all competitions, remain in fifth place. United's first win since the Coronavirus hiatus was well deserved and Solskjaer suggested Martial's role in it was down to hard work on the training ground.

Manchester Utd boss Solskjaer

"Very happy for Anthony. The third goal was a great goal, but for me the first and the second were better," he said. "He's in the box, ready to go. We have worked on that, getting in the box in that situation more often. At the near post he showed composure. The first goal was vital, the way he turns and gets himself into a position to score from the cross. I'm very pleased with that. He's in good form."

Martial's clinical finishing ensured United built on Friday's draw at Tottenham, but Pogba's confident return in his 10th appearance of an injury-ravaged campaign was also encouraging for Solskjaer.

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