Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed Man Utd 23-year-old star to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo

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Man Utd winger Anthony Martial has the talent to emulate former Reds forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s level if he puts his mind to it, this according to interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has impressed in fits and starts since making a switch to Old Trafford from AS Monaco back in 2015, becoming the most expensive teenager.

France international star had looked set to depart from a team this summer after falling out of favour than a Red Devils head-coach Jose Mourinho, only to fight his way back into the Portuguese’s plans and earlier last month he has agreed to extend his stay at the club and continue to impress for Solskjaer.

The Frenchman has marked his first start since that deal with an assist and a superb goal against Fulah last weekend, where his fine solo finish led former Red Devils skipper Gary Neville to compare him to one of the best players in the world Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Yes, it was towards the end of the game and we played a very poor game and Cristiano scored it,” Solskjaer said of his former team-mate’s goal.

“He does have similarities, of course.

“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.”

Getting anywhere near to his heights would be remarkable for 23-year-old forward who has been rumoured with Old Trafford exit during Jose Mourinho’s time at the club.

Had the ex-United head-coach got his way, there is a chance that Frenchman may have been lining up for Ligue 1 giants PSG rather than the Red Devils in Tuesday’s Champions League 1/16 tie.