Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced Anthony Martial to stay at Manchester United by telling him he could emulate Cristiano Ronaldo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced Anthony Martial to stay at Manchester United by telling him he could emulate Cristiano Ronaldo

“I’ve been here for 15 years – coach, player, now manager – and I know how much this club can give to your career and what you can give to the club. I’m here to help the club and I’m just being honest with him that for me this was the best place to be. I made my career here, it was easy to sell the club to Anthony but he’s been here for many years so he knows what we’re capable of.”

Gary Neville, the former United captain, spoke in October about how Martial “hasn’t got any timing in his off the ball runs” and said the Frenchman needed to learn how to consistency catch full-backs off guard.

And Solskjaer said that was a message he had been hammering home to Martial as he urged the 23-year-old to improve the timing and frequency of his runs in behind defence in order to become a more prolific goalscorer. Martial has not bettered his first season tally of 17 goals and Solskjaer said the forward needs to hone his poacher’s instincts to become a player who regularly gets 20 or more goals a season.

“He has the capability but I’d like him to make a few more runs in behind because he doesn’t miss chances,” he said. “When he gets chances he’s a fantastic finisher so he needs to get more chances. That’s one of the things I keep telling him – you’ve got to read and sniff whenever there is going to be a chance.

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