Graeme Souness insists that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to fulfil the main challenge he set him at start of the season.

The Red Devils are performing slightly above expectations this season, and sit in second place in the Premier League.

Solskjaer’s side are the biggest scorers in the top flight, with 53 goals to their name.

Amazingly, only four of those have come from their main striker - Anthony Martial.

The Frenchman’s record of one goal in every five makes for poor reading in truth, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford scoring the vast majority of United’s strikes this term.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on February 08, 2021 in Manchester, England. (
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed with Graeme Souness's biggest Man Utd challenge

And Liverpool legend Souness insists that his main challenge for Solskjaer was to get Martial firing, which he has not been able to do so far.

He told The Times: “Manchester United were not great against Newcastle last weekend, but they end up getting the goals and the job done.

“I said at the start of the season that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest challenge was keeping a fire lit under Anthony Martial and nothing has happened since to change my opinion.

Anthony Martial still has just four Premier League goals to his name

“But Edinson Cavani has been a plus and they are getting the job done in most cases, so I reckon they will end up in the top four.

“Right now, Chelsea also have momentum, so, along with Manchester City and Leicester City, that would be my top four right now, but you could ask me every fortnight from now until the end of the season and I’d change my opinion every fortnight.

“That’s how mad this season is.”

Solskjaer defended his number 9 though, insisting that his hard work as the lone man up front pleased him and that he is just going through a dry spell.

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“Anthony knows what we want, and he is working really hard to do well for the team and that’s what is pleasing me the most when I see him every day in training,’ said Solskjaer.

“He is not going to sit down and wait for things to happen, he knows he will have to make it happen himself and we encourage him, we coach him, and we know he has going this quality and class.

“Everyone goes through difficult patches from time to time and I think we saw again tonight, he is working hard and that is the main thing.”