Martial’s new Man United contract inspired by Ronaldo factor


Selecting a role model like Cristiano Ronaldo could put Anthony Martial’s Manchester United and France career right back on track.

The 1995-born French talent was curiously omitted from coach Didier Deschamps’s 2018 FIFA World Cup winning squad, last summer. With the departure of Jose Mourinho — under whom his Old Trafford future was in doubt — Martial is set to play a more integral role in the the Red Devils’ quest for glory.

Fresh from sealing Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal last Friday, he will be hoping to add more spark to his club football career by following Cristiano’s footsteps upon the advice of his Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The latter made a robust statement as the club wrapped up the January transfer window by tying down Martial to a five-year-deal.

“When you sit [Anthony] down and talk to him, for example, about Cristiano’s career, what he’s made of his career and how he’s got there and we talk about all the fantastic players with the history they’ve got.

“I think Anthony just sat down and said, ‘If I can be a part of this I’d like to’. I believe and the club believes we have got a top player there,” the 1999 UEFA Champions League final match-winner noted.

Revealing more on how he helped Martial to make an informed choice and extend his stay at Manchester United, the manager added:

“That’s up to any player if you make a decision on how to develop your own career. Cristiano was the best at it.

“[Look at] the way he’s changed since he came to United to now. He understands his strengths, his weaknesses.

“That’s part of any player. You’ve got to model yourself on someone and you’ve got to have more challenges ahead of you. Anthony sat down and wants to be a part of that and the club have got a top player there.”

Upon signing his new contract, Martial accepted the Man United legend’s recommendation in good faith as he declared:

“I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.”

Anthony Martial was signed from AS Monaco on a transfer fee currently equivalent to 47 million USD. He has made just over 100 appearances for the Red Devils since then, scoring 32 goals in the process.


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