Anthony Martial was full of praise for Manchester United fans and claimed they’re the biggest reason he wants to extend his Old Trafford career.
The Frenchman enjoyed a remarkable debut season in the Premier League after signing from Monaco in 2015, but after a slow start under Jose Mourinho, he had even been linked with a loan move to Sevilla in January.
However, he’s continued to improve each time we’ve seen him action under the Portuguese boss and it’s only a matter of time before he re-finds his form as he maintains the path to building his confidence.
Speaking about his time at the club, Martial insists the fans have really helped him settle in.
“For me, what’s really special here is the supporters. They’ve been really outstanding with me. I think that’s what goes a long way to making me feel at home and at ease, and makes me really keen to stay here at the club,” he said.
“In France, even if you’re one of the best players around, they might begin to boo and jeer you if you go a couple of games without scoring. But here it’s just the opposite, they’ll try to cheer you on so you might be able to score, and so then you grow in confidence.
“I think it’s just a different mentality. That’s why I like the fans here so much.
“Yes, it’s always nice to hear that song. It really pushes you to do even better, it really makes you want to give everything you’ve got to not let those fans down in any way.
“I honestly think that every time they sing it, I always feel just as happy as the first time I heard it.
“I do get messages sent to me by lots of fans and I try to reply to them from time to time. I don’t go on social media that often, though I do try to respond now and again. And in the street, there are always those who shout things like ‘Keep going!’ and ‘I hope you score!’, nice messages of encouragement. It always does you good to hear them.”
He made himself a fan favourite after scoring against Liverpool on his debut and it’s a shame to see him sat on the bench, but after seeing the improvement in Henrikh Mkhitaryan after being left out, it’s clear Mourinho knows best.