Anthony Martial is targeting titles after he signed a new Manchester United deal and believes Paul Pogba can lead the club to “great things”.
The 23-year-old recently agreed a new five-and-a-half-year deal at Old Trafford. And will be hoping to be involved as United travel to Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Martial now wants to bring silverware to the club. And believes his fellow France international Pogba – who has flourished under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – can lead the club to success.
“We all know what quality Paul possesses – Paul is Paul,” Martial 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.
Martial has scored twice since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as caretaker manager just before Christmas. And the 23-year-old is enjoying his time under a former forward like himself.
“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 added.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Martial to score more simple goals and says he is capable of registering 20 in a season
“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.”