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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: I have made Anthony Martial run 20 per cent more

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Anthony Martial to rediscover his scoring touch and says the French forward is giving the club "everything" both on the pitch and the training ground.

The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals in all competitions in an injury-hit season, but has just one in the last six matches as United struggle for goals in the absence of striker Marcus Rashford, who is nursing a stress fracture in his back.

"He's giving us everything. He's been asked to play - he has started the last eight games - and running probably 20 per cent more than he did when I came here," Solskjaer said.

"We'll give him more support, give him rest when he deserves it... He's been asked to play too much as well, especially now when Marcus is injured.

"I know he's tired, but he's never ever dodged a training session. He's training, he's available for every game, so I'm delighted with the boy."

Rashford scored 19 goals in all competitions before injury struck, while academy graduate Mason Greenwood has chipped in with 10.

The club also signed 30-year-old Nigerian Odion Ighalo on loan from China's Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day.

Earlier, Solskjaer said that United, who have fired blanks in their last three league games, will start scoring after the winter break. Their next game is against Chelsea on Feb 18 (Singapore time). - REUTERS