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Solskjaer: Martial can reach Ronaldo´s level

Solskjaer: Martial can reach Ronaldo´s level

11 Feb 2019, 14:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes winger Anthony Martial can reach the level of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 23-year-old's stunning solo goal against Fulham saw former United captain Gary Neville compare it with Ronaldo's individual effort 12 years earlier during his time at Old Trafford and Solskjaer agreed as he challenged Martial to reach the heights of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo.

"It was towards the end of the game and we played a very poor game and Cristiano scored it," Solskjaer remembered. "He [Martial] does have similarities, of course. If he wants to be at Cristiano's level, Anthony knows what he has to do. It is up to him. He has the talent."

Goal

On Martial's goal, Solskjaer added: "If you look at his goal and his starting position, he is not free of defensive duties. He was in the middle of our half when we won the ball and he gets the ball 20 yards further up on our halfway line and he runs with it, so he does the defensive bit.

"He knows he needs to do some defensive work but he has got some quality going forward. He is electric and his balance, his pace, everything about him. When you are a full-back, you don't want him running at you. He knows he has to defend."

Martial was reportedly looking to leave United before Mourinho was sacked but the Red Devils star signed a new five-year deal at the end of January; his strike against Fulham being his eleventh goal of the season,

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