manchester united manager solskjaer reveals ronaldo chat with martial

14:00    01 Feb 2019

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) and Anthony Martial
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has disclosed how he convinced Anthony Martial to sign a new deal at the English Premier League (EPL) giants.

The Norwegian tactician told Martial to emulate former United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a very successful spell with the Red Devils.

Martial signed a five-year deal at United on Thursday despite months of speculation regarding his long-term future at the club.

“Well, of course, I speak about my experience at this club, what he can achieve at this club because I think I can achieve a lot. As I have said many times, I’m here to help players, to guide players until the summer," Solskjaer said on Independent.

“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 sat down and said: ‘If I can be a part of this I’d like to’.

Solkjaer played with Portuguese forward Ronaldo at United between 2003 and 2007.

“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," he added.

“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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