The promise Solskjær made Martial which convinced him to sign new deal


The Telegraph have revealed the role Ole Gunnar Solskjær played in convincing Anthony Martial to sign a new contract.

The Norweign head coach told the 23-year-old if he remained at Old Trafford he could emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Thursday, the Frenchman committed his future to Manchester United until 2024.

Solskjær’s huge role in Martial’s new contract

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus and Blaise Matuidi of Juventus celebrate following their sides victory in during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford on October 23, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Solskjær’s pitch to Martial about emulating Ronaldo played an integral role in convincing him to commit his future to the club.

The 45-year-old played alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for four seasons at Old Trafford.

Solskjær is hopeful that Martial can use his former teammate as a source of inspiration to help fire him to earning the job full-time.

The former European Golden Boy’s future had previously been up in the air with the winger having been unhappy with his role under Jose Mourinho.

However, with a new manager, Martial’s role and form both look considerably brighter.

With Mourinho no longer at the club and talks with Solskjær, Martial has had a serious change of heart.

Solskjær comments on talks with Martial over new contract

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Anthony Martial of Manchester United (right) celebrates with team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The manager on loan from Molde FK has spoken about the conversations he had with the winger.

He is convinced that the best place to build his career is with the 13-time Premier League champions.

Solskjær said:

“Of course I speak about my experience at this club and what he can achieve here.

“I think he can achieve a lot.

“As I have said many times, I’m here to help players, to guide players until the summer.

“I think when you sit him 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 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.

“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.”

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