Champions League: Manchester United's Anthony Martial to repay faith against PSG

Elena Summers
February 12, 2019

They have also racked up 10 victories in 11 games, with the sole 2-2 draw coming against Burnley in the League.

The France worldwide signed a new contract with the 20-time English champions last month to secure his long-term future at the club.

The Norwegian spent more than a decade as a United player learning from Alex Ferguson and is trying to replicate the same aggressive, attacking approach ingrained in him by the Scot, who twice won the Champions League in charge at Old Trafford.

Upfront, Jesse Lingard and Martial should flank Marcus Rashford - another man whose performances have soared since Solskjaer joined the club.

Martial scored Manchester United's second goal in a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Solskjaer, by contrast, was instrumental in Martial signing a new five-year contract a fortnight ago and has been talking about the player in the same breath as the young Cristiano Ronaldo he once called a team-mate at United.

"It's up to him".

The Manchester United interim manager was thrilled to see Martial commit his future to the club.

"Of course any team that are missing players like Neymar, Cavani and [Thomas] Meunier will feel the effect", he added.

But the Frenchman recognises that he must become more adept at sniffing out what Solskjaer calls the "ugly" goals, not least by better timing his runs in behind defenders, if - like Mbappe - he is to regularly contribute 20 or more goals a season. He excites the crowd. "And he is a great character around the place".

Paris Saint-Germain visit Old Trafford in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, with a trip to Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup and a Premier League home match versus title-chasing Liverpool to come before the end of the month. Martial's superb solo goal in the 3-0 victory was his 11th of the campaign and evoked memories of Ronaldo's victor over Fulham in 2007.

The 21-year-old was never trusted with a consistent run of games as a central striker under Mourinho.

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