Pair Out Of Contract In 2020
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged David De Gea and Anthony Martial to sign new deals with the club.
The pair are out of contract at the end of next season after the club triggered one-year extension clauses to their present deals earlier this month. Otherwise both players would have been able to leave at the end of this season.
But speaking to reporters on Saturday, Solskjaer warned that neither De Gea or Martial would improve themselves if they went elsewhere.
“I know the club want them to sign because they are top quality players,” the Norwegian side at a press conference ahead of today’s home game with Bournemouth.
“It’s down to the players but when you’re at Man United there isn’t a lot of greener grass on the other side. You are at the best place. It’s the biggest club in the world.
“For me, I would hope I can help or guide these players to maybe tip them over to thinking they want to stay at this club.
“If you are a regular at Manchester United, I think you should grasp the opportunity to stay here and become part of the history.”
De Gea was long linked with Real Madrid. However, the Spanish side’s decision last summer to sign Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea effectively ended their interest. Paris Saint-Germain are now being linked.
Martial was unhappy with the game time he was getting under Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman sees himself as an out-and-out striker but Solskjaer would prefer him to play out on the wing.
“He can play as a number 9 of course because he’s got strength and he’s good at holding the ball up,” Solskjaer said. “But he is fantastic at one-one-one, so he can also play on the left or right wing.
“As a defender you don’t want to be dropping off towards your own goals with him running at you.
“We need to get Anthony facing forward. I realised when I was a striker that when I ended up wide on the left or right, it can be so much easier to get space and face defenders up. I think Anthony enjoys playing wide, taking people on.”