Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Solskjaer: Martial Can Model Himself After Ronaldo

Solskjaer: Martial Can Model Himself After Ronaldo

Rumours had been circling all week that Martial was on the verge of signing a new contract, and the club confirmed that the French forward had agreed to re-sign early on Thursday.

"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".

Solskjaer is unbeaten in nine matches - eight of which he has won - since taking over in a caretaker capacity from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in December.

Martial's best return for United was 17 goals in his opening season.

"And they should still continue to do that, because you don't know what's going to happen in the next three or four months". Cristiano was the best, the way he's changed to now; 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. We have players like him and Marcus Rashford, they score worldy goals.

Manchester United are expected to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their permanent manager if he oversees a win over PSG in the Champions League.

Ronaldo has a very poor 6.4 shot conversion rate, attempting a massive 344 shots to Martial's 173, however the current Juventus forward did create 27 more chances than the Frenchman despite making six less starts.

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Speaking about the deal, former Manchester United midfield maestro Paul Scholes couldn't contain his delight that Martial will be staying at the club until 2024.

Solskjaer has now tasked him with adding to his goal tally and get goals no matter how they come.

Solskjaer's faith in the 23-year-old could well see Martial exceed his best season yet in a red shirt.

"You talk about Cristiano's career, what he's made, how he's got there", said Solskjaer.

"Of course, as a young lad moving overseas it's not easy, but now he knows he's going to stay here for the coming future and I believe in him, I certainly believe in him". Anthony has done some rehab work, so he will try a session today.

However, according to The Sun, Solskjaer will be handed the full-time job if he manages to lead the team past PSG, with the first leg of their knockout-round tie due to take place at Old Trafford on February 12. He's had some ups and downs at the club - he's been top scorer, he's been developing.

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