Anthony Martial believes team-mate Paul Pogba is capable of leading Manchester United to greatness and gave his account of life under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba has been in sensational form since Solskjaer was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement in December with an impressive tally of six goals and five assists in nine games.
This form has helped elevate United firmly back into the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League as well as a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will take on Chelsea on February 18.
Now Martial, who has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at United, is tipping Pogba to spur the Red Devils to glory.
“We all know what quality Paul possesses – Paul is Paul,” The French forward told Sky Sports.
“Now he has got this freedom to play with, I think we are beginning to see the real Paul Pogba play and let’s hope it continues.
“He is a leader, he talks more in the dressing room than he does on the field to be fair. Technically and with the spoken word, he is a leader in both senses. I hope he can continue to lead us to great things.
“I don’t think we are very far off the top four now so it is just a case of keeping going, winning as many games as we can so we can ensure a place in those Champions League spots at the end of the season.
“Any footballer would say the same thing, [my goal is] to win as many titles and trophies as possible, as much silverware as possible and it is also really important to keep developing, progressing and improving as a player over the years.
“I’d describe the period [since Martial has been at United] as really enriching for me as a person and a footballer. They have been good years, I’ve learnt a lot and I hope that I can continue to push on in the next few years as well.
“The fans and I have had quite a special relationship from my first season and fortunately, it has continued to last until now. I hope it continues into the future and let’s hope that together, we can win trophies and silverware.
Solskjaer has won many plaudits in his brief time in charge at Old Trafford with a record nine wins and one draw in his opening 10 games.
And, like Pogba among many others, Martial has also benefitted greatly since the United legend returned.
The 23-year-old added: “He [Solskjaer] is a coach with great values. I think he knows how to get the best out of players and he makes things clear so when we go out onto the field, we all know our jobs and we all know what we’ve got to do.
“He’s given me lots of advice. It’s always positive to get advice from a top player in his own right, but sometimes, when you’re out on the field, it comes down to what comes naturally to you and you do what you’ve always known how to do in terms of finishing.
“We have a laugh among ourselves quite often because I think finishing is something that comes naturally to me. I’ve played since I was a young kid, I’ve always been a footballer and a striker from that early age.
“The thing we laugh about is that I miss quite a few in training, whereas in a match, I may only get one chance and I manage to convert it.”
Martial has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season for United.
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