Martial and Solskjaer recognised in Premier League votes
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is one of seven nominees for the Premier League's Player of the Month award for July.
The France international has been included in the reckoning after a stellar month, during which he scored three goals and laid on three assists to help the Reds secure third place in the Premier League table.
A magnificent curled effort against Bournemouth at Old Trafford ensured the 24-year-old picked up where he left off in June, a month in which he was also nominated for this particular bauble.
In our next game at Old Trafford, Martial slipped in Marcus Rashford to score before smashing home himself, all within three minutes, to help the Reds recover from an early setback to ultimately secure a point against Southampton.
And days later, the pair combined again, as Anthony completed a slick, penetrative team move to settle a tricky-looking trip to Crystal Palace. Martial also provided assists for Mason Greenwood to score versus Aston Villa and West Ham and won the penalty on the final day which set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on the path to victory at Leicester.
Martial faces stiff competition from in-form forwards Michail Antonio (West Ham), Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), while Chelsea pair Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic are also up for the prize after helping take the Blues to a top-four finish. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is the final nominee.
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is among the nominees for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award.
It’s the second consecutive month in which the Norwegian has been recognised, after being pipped to the prize by Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in June.
Wins over Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leicester helped the Reds extend our league unbeaten run to 14 matches and ensured we finished third, securing Champions League football for next season.
The manager is up against Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl, Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho and David Moyes, of West Ham.
GOAL OF THE MONTH
Martial has also made it on to the Goal of the Month shortlist, for that sumptuous strike against the Cherries at the beginning of July.
It could be a second consecutive win in this category for the Reds, after Bruno Fernandes’s brilliant counter-attacking effort at Brighton won June’s prize.
Anthony is up against the following efforts:
Wilfried Zaha (CRYSTAL PALACE v Chelsea – 7 July)
Danny Welbeck (WATFORD v Norwich – 7 July)
Alexandre Lacazette (Tottenham v ARSENAL – 12 July)
David Silva (MANCHESTER CITY v Bournemouth – 15 July)
Raul Jimenez (Burnley v WOLVES – 15 July)
Yves Bissouma (Burnley v BRIGHTON – 26 July)
Kevin de Bruyne (MANCHESTER CITY v Norwich – 26 July)
HOW TO VOTE
If you want to vote for Anthony or Ole, you can do so by using the following links – but be quick, voting closes at 18:00 BST on Friday 31 July.On sale now, get the new Adidas training kit.