Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have reacted to the news that Anthony Martial has committed his long-term future to the club.
Under Jose Mourinho, Martial looked like he was heading out of the Old Trafford exit door, with the pair enduring a strained relationship throughout the Portuguese’s reign.
However, with miserable Mourinho gone, Martial has been given license to express himself under new caretaker-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has made him one of his first choice forwards at the club alongside Marcus Rashford, with the Frenchman putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal earlier this week.
Speaking about the deal, former Manchester United midfield maestro Paul Scholes couldn’t contain his delight that Martial will be staying at the club until 2024.
“It’s brilliant, he was another player who struggled under the previous manager,” Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“We all knew his qualities, I remember talking to [Dimitar] Berbatov, who played at Monaco with him, and he was raving.
“You need a run of games to express yourself and now he’s getting that, he can beat a man, score goals, bring excitement for the fans and that’s the most important thing. It’s a great signing.”
Gary Neville was slightly more restrained in his reaction to the deal, and has challenged him to become ‘one of the best players in Europe’.
“It would be too big a risk to let someone of that potential and promise (to leave),” Neville told Sky Sports
“He is still at a good level, his assists and goals record are not bad, but there is a lot more to come from him.
“This contract is a reward for him and he now has a manager who believes in him and is playing him in different positions and making him do different things.
“From United’s point of view, they now need a return on that investment and that promise and potential that he has shown in glimpses and moments in the last three and a half years to now become a consistent set of performances that will mean he becomes one of the best players in Europe in his position.”