Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has underlined his faith in Anthony Martial by selecting the striker for Manchester United’s clash with Southampton.
The Frenchman has faced his doubters throughout his Old Trafford career.
He struggled to find top gear last term and the arrival of Jadon Sancho led to rumours of Martial being moved on.
Despite that Solskjaer has picked the former Monaco man with their summer signing, once again, starting on the bench.
He will join Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood in attack with Bruno Fernandes supporting from midfield.
The United boss accepts that last season was below Martial’s standards, but believes he has renewed motivation this term as he ruled out his departure,
Anthony Martial will start in attack at St Mary’s
He said recently: “I have no plans whatsoever for him to play against us. Anthony has come back strong and hungry, with the determination to prove his fitness and his quality.
“Last season was a difficult and disappointing one for him and you can see that little bit of grit between his teeth again.
“He is up for the challenge, he is Man United player and we are happy to have him. He has proven doubters wrong so many times.”
Victor Lindelof continues to partner Harry Maguire at the heart of defence with new boy Raphael Varane on the bench.
Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka complete the back four with Fred and Scott McTominay occupying their usual roles at the base of midfield.
United are eyeing a piece of history on the south coast this afternoon – should they avoid defeat it would extend their unbeaten run on the road to 27 games.
That would equal the number registered by Arsenal, before their streak was ended by a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford in 2004.
Solskjaer saw his side stage a late comeback to win this fixture last term.
Edinson Cavani’s stoppage time winner helped United come from two-goals down to pick up all three points.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils boss is expecting a tough task against a Saints side who lost their opening game at Everton.
“Always with Ralph’s teams you get high energy, high pressing, belief in themselves,” he said on Friday.
“And they give you a great challenge, like they did last season we were lucky to – well, not lucky, maybe lucky, maybe good – when we turned their two-goal lead into a 3-2 win for us with Edinson’s substitute appearance.
“We know every time we travel down there it’s a very, very difficult game.”