Anthony Martial can emulate Ronaldo, says Solskjaer
Anthony Martial has the ability to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Martial became the most expensive teenager in history when he moved to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015 and he has largely impressed during his time at the club, scoring 47 goals in 164 appearances, Sky Sport reports.
However, the France international looked set to leave in the summer after falling out with Jose Mourinho earlier this season, but he fought his way back into the Portuguese’s plans before signing a new long-term deal last month under Solskjaer.
The 23-year-old marked his first start since that contract with an assist and a superb goal in the 3-0 win against Fulham, where his fine solo effort led ex-United captain Gary Neville to compare it to a Ronaldo effort at Craven Cottage in 2007.
“Yes, it was towards the end of the game and we played a very poor game and Cristiano scored it,” Solskjaer said of his former team-mate’s goal.
“He [Martial] does have similarities, of course. If he wants to be at Cristiano’s level, Anthony knows what he has to do. It’s up to him. He has the talent.”
Martial has scored nine goals in the Premier League already this season, two short of the total he managed in his debut season at the club, and Solskjaer believes the forward belongs at Old Trafford.
“I am glad he is in my team,” the Norwegian added. “He has contributed to so many chances, so many goals.
“He is a Manchester United player. He excites the crowd. He excites the manager. He excites his team-mates. And he is a great character around the place.”