Anthony Martial just made the whole of Manchester United's fanbase breathe a sigh of relief this afternoon after he agreed to sign a new long-term contract set to last until the end of the 2023-24 season. The contract will also feature a club option for another season after that.
Now this move was all but a pie in the sky for many when Jose Mourinho was still the club's manager. After he was fired several weeks ago and Ole Gunnar Solkjaer was brought in as a caretaker gaffer, it felt as if there was a chance that the Frenchman could actually stay a little longer.
Martial has already made 162 appearances for the Red Devils since 2015 and has scored 46 goals over that span. He has also helped the club win four trophies including an FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Community Shield, and Europa League. Additionally, he's become one of the most popular players both on United and in the Prem.
Today just got a whole lot better! 😄 #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2019
The 23-year-old told reporters after officially putting pen to paper that he is "loving my time at the club." He also heaped praise onto the caretaker gaffer, saying, "for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level. This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away."
Manchester United have been on an absolute tear since bringing in the new gaffer. Under Ole, United is 8-1-0 and now sit sixth in the Premier League. While that last part doesn't sound all too impressive, just think about where they were as a club under Mourinho earlier this season. With Ole, the Red Devils may actually clinch a top-five spot, possibly even top four.
Speaking of the gaffer Ole added that Martial "is one of those naturally gifted players that any coach would love to work with. For a young man, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his exceptional talent, makes for a player with an exciting future ahead of him. This is the perfect club for Anthony to progress his development as a top-class forward and we are all delighted he has signed a long-term deal."
United will attempt to continue their climb up the Premier League table this weekend when they challenge Leicester City inside King Power Stadium.