Martial can reach Ronaldo’s level, says Utd boss Solskjaer

first_imgLast month, with Solskjaer now at the helm at Old Trafford, he signed a deal keeping him at the club until at least 2024.The France international marked his first start since that contract with an assist and a superb second in the 3-0 win against Fulham, where his fine solo goal led ex-United captain Gary Neville to compare it to a Ronaldo effort at Craven Cottage in 2007.“He does have similarities, of course,” said Solskjaer, who replaced the sacked Mourinho in December. “If he wants to be at Cristiano’s level, Anthony knows what he has to do. It’s up to him. He has the talent.”“I am glad he is in my team,” the Norwegian added. “He has contributed to so many chances, so many goals. He is a Manchester United player. He excites the crowd. He excites the manager. He excites his teammates. And he is a great character around the place.”Martial, 23, who became the most expensive teenager in history when he moved to United from Monaco in 2015 for an initial £36 million ($46 million), has scored 47 goals for the club.Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, winning the Premier League three times and the Champions League.United play Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, bolstered by Neymar’s injury, but Solskjaer said the absence of the Brazilian would be a loss.“When you play against the best teams, you want to play against the players,” he said. “The crowd want to see the best players. Too bad for Old Trafford.“I have played a couple of games when we played Real Madrid and (Brazil’s) Ronaldo and (Luis) Figo and all those were coming to Old Trafford. That gives it an extra edge.“Unfortunately for Neymar he is injured but of course he is a quality player. I think our right-back thinks it is not too bad he will not be here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo, says Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Anthony Martial has the talent to reach Cristiano Ronaldo’s level if he puts his mind to it, according to Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Martial had looked set to leave the club in the summer after falling out with Jose Mourinho but battled his way back into the Portuguese manager’s plans.last_img read more

Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham all tracking former Barcelona forward

first_img1 Sandro Ramirez in action for Malaga Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham are all keeping tabs on Malaga ace Sandro Ramirez.The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Barcelona but left in the summer after failing to establish himself in the first team.And he has been a revelation at Malaga, scoring 13 goals in 27 La Liga outings, including six in his last six.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was interested in landing the youngster last summer when it became clear that he would be leaving Barca, but Ramirez opted for Malaga.And now, according to AS, the north London club have joined Merseyside neighbours Everton and Liverpool in the race for him.Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also circling with Malaga now bracing themselves for interest during the transfer window.And, with only two years remaining on his current deal, the chasing pack may be confident of prising him away from Malaga this summer.last_img read more