Man United chief vetoed £80m transfer of French star

Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has rejected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s calls to cash in on Anthony Martial in the summer.

Anthony Martial had another disappointing season, managing only ten goals and two assists across the Premier League season, and the Norwegian boss has been left unimpressed with the lack of focus and commitment levels on the training ground from the Frenchman.

It was claimed this month Anthony that Martial’s poor attitude had convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that it was time to bring an end to the 23-year-old’s underwhelming Old Trafford career.

Jose Mourinho had similar problems with the winger before his sacking and the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, as well as Joel Glazer, told the Portuguese boss in no uncertain terms that the France international would not be sold.

The Daily Mirror reports that Glazer has stepped in once again to veto Anthony Martial’s departure this summer and the report adds that the winger is his favourite player at the club and he views him as Manchester United’s answer to Pele.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that the coaching staff must take some responsibility for Anthony Martial’s poor form in the latter stages of the season.

The French striker has only managed three goals in all competitions for Manchester United since the turn of the year.

‘Anthony’s got goals in him, it’s up to us to move forward and get that into him again,’ the Red Devils manager said. ‘I’m sure we’ll see him scoring goals again in the future.’