Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singles out ‘absolutely top class’ Man Utd star after Southampton draw

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ANthony Martial struck his 21st goal of the campaign against Southampton (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Anthony Martial’s performance against Southampton as ‘absolutely top class’ following his side’s 2-2 draw.

The Red Devils failed to take full advantage of defeats from rivals Leicester City and Chelsea by conceding a 96th minute equaliser to the Saints at Old Trafford.

Stuart Armstrong put the visitors ahead but goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford looked to have given United the three points they needed to claim a place in the top four for the first time since September.

That wasn’t to be but it was another impressive performance from Martial, who assisted Rashford for the opener before claiming a goal of his own.

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That was the Frenchman’s 21st goal of the campaign and Solskjaer couldn’t hide his delight about his display afterwards.

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Martial could have had a hat-trick against the Saints (Picture: Getty)

Asked if he was annoyed about his side’s finishing like he was after Thursday’s 3-0 win against Aston Villa, Solskjaer said: ‘Yeah if you get the two-goal chusion that’s a different ball game but two fantastic goals.

‘Anthony I thought he was excellent today, absolutely top class.

‘Especially the second goal that’s how we want to play football. Fast, quick, through the pitch and a very good finish’.

Though United failed to move into the top four, the draw extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches.

Solskjaer refused to get downbeat after the dropped points and says United have their destiny in their own hands going into the final three league games.

United know three wins would mean they claim a Champions League spot and they face Crystal Palace on Thursday at Selhurst Park before a home game against West Ham.

It looks likely that the top four race will go down to the final day, where United take on Leicester City and Chelsea take on Wolves.

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