Gary Neville reacts to Anthony Martial signing new Man United contract

The Man United legend believes the Red Devils made the right decision to hand Anthony Martial a new deal

Anthony Martial
Striker Anthony Martial (Photo: The Sport Review)

Gary Neville has backed Manchester United’s decision to hand Anthony Martial a new contract, adding that it would have been a risk to allow the France international to leave.

The 23-year-old’s future has been a source of debate throughout the Premier League season so far, with the winger facing an uncertain future under Jose Mourinho.

Martial has been linked with a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur, while the France forward has also been linked with a move to Serie A.

However, Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Martial a chance to shine in the Red Devils team over the past couple of months.

Martial capped his return to form by signing a contract extension last week that will ensure the French forward remains at Old Trafford until 2024.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes the 20-time English champions made the right decision to hand Martial a new deal.

“It would be too big a risk to let someone of that potential and promise (to leave),” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He is still at a good level, his assists and goals record are not bad, but there is a lot more to come from him.

“This contract is a reward for him and he now has a manager who believes in him and is playing him in different positions and making him do different things.

“From United’s point of view, they now need a return on that investment and that promise and potential that he has shown in glimpses and moments in the last three and a half years to now become a consistent set of performances that will mean he becomes one of the best players in Europe in his position.”

Martial has scored eight goals and has made one assist in 19 games in the Premier League this season.

Only Marcus Rashford has scored more times than the France forward in the current league campaign.

Manchester United will return to Premier League action with a home clash against Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils are in fifth place in the Premier League table.

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