Manchester United news: David De Gea and Anthony Martial urged to sign new contracts by interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Manchester United news: David De Gea and Anthony Martial urged to sign new contracts by interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United stars David De Gea and Anthony Martial have been urged to sign new contracts with the club by interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The duo have 18 months left on their current deals so could force cut-price moves in the summer if they are so inclined.

Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But Solskjaer has revealed the club are making attempts to retain the duo and warned them both they are leaving the biggest team in the world if they do choose to quit.

“I know the club want them to sign because they are top quality players,” said the Norwegian.

“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.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

“I had loads of offers and possibilities to move but the manager sat me down and told me I was going to be an important part of his squad and play enough games,’ he said.

“I felt privileged to play here and I’m also stubborn. The club agreed to sell me to Spurs one time and I said ‘no, thank you.’ My agent wanted me to go, but I knew I was at the best place. I wasn’t sure the grass was greener somewhere else.

“I had period when I wasn’t playing. I would get angry. Then he would put me in the team and I would feel a big part of it and important. But with David and Anthony, we’re not talking about squad players now, we are talking about top players.”

Anthony Martial celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Cardiff City.

And asked where he thought Martial’s best position was, the ex-Man United striker gave his take.

“He can play as a No.9 of course because he’s got strength and he’s good at holding the ball up,” he added. “But he is fantastic at one-one-one, so he can also play on the left or right wing.