Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lifted the lid on a talk he had with Anthony Martial in the wake of social media abuse directed towards the Frenchman.
And he was targeted once again following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Brom at the weekend.
Speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League last-32 first leg against Real Sociedad on Thursday, Solskjaer insisted that Martial is remaining positive despite the abuse.
“I spoke to him this morning and he’s mentally strong,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s not something anyone should have to go through. He definitely seems like he is – he’s not checking social media – but it is disgusting. We have to do something about it.”
Solskjaer also confirmed Martial is a doubt for the game against La Real through injury.
“Paul (Pogba) is recovering well and he’s started treatment,” he said when asked about team news.
“He’s still a few weeks away, so he won’t be playing in February that’s for sure.
“Apart from that we have a couple of doubts, Anthony and Scott (McTominay), so we will have to check on them tomorrow. Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani are definitely not travelling.”
Some have criticised the likes of Martial and Marcus Rashford for not scoring enough goals this season, with suggestions that United are over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes.
But Solskjaer dismissed these claims and insisted he is not worried about their profligacy in front of goal.
“We are the team who have scored the most goals in the league,” he added.
“Our strikers haven’t scored as much as we’d like to – that’s a good problem. If we can get them firing we’ll have another edge in the games.
“They are working hard and doing well in training.”