Anthony Martial missed the last two months of last season through injury – an unfortunate way to cap off a disappointing campaign from the Frenchman, who managed just four Premier League goals over the entire season.
The 25-year-old only made his return to pitch in Manchester United’s final pre-season game against Everton in August and his lengthy absence showed in his first official appearances.
The 2019/20 season was his best in terms of numbers – the former Monaco star broke the 20-goal barrier for the first time in his career and he was named the club’s Player of the Season at the end of Solskjaer’s first full campaign. Now, roughly a year later, he finds himself on the periphery.
There were, however, encouraging signs in his last outing for the club. Martial started the 1-1 draw with Everton before the international break and looked more like himself. Playing from a role on the left, he did not shy away from taking on his defender and he scored United’s only goal in the game, a neat finish after being played in by Bruno Fernandes.
Martial now has the chance to build on that performance against Leicester this weekend. He was an unused substitute in both of France’s fixtures over the international break, meaning he will be fresh to face the Foxes.
Should Solskjaer decide to give him a starting berth once again, another impressive performance would extend his resurgence at the club after being written off by many at the start of the season.