Anthony Martial praises ‘super humble’ Cristiano Ronaldo and admits he watches his Manchester United team-mate train in the gym in awe… but picks Wayne Rooney ahead of the Portuguese as the best he has played with at Old Trafford .
- Manchester United striker Anthony Martial praises ‘humble’ Cristiano Ronaldo
- The Frenchman says he watches the Portuguese forward in the gym in awe
- But Martial picks retired striker Wayne Rooney as the best he has played with
Anthony Martial has praised Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for his hard work but believes the club’s top scorer Wayne Rooney is the best he has played with.
The French striker was set for a bigger role this season at Old Trafford after falling out of favor and being sent out on loan to Sevilla last term.
New manager Erik ten Hag played Martial against Liverpool in the team’s 2-1 win, in which he picked up an assist, but injuries have limited him from making any further appearances this season.
Anthony Martial (right) praised ‘super humble’ Cristiano Ronaldo (left) for his hard work
Speaking of his teammates, Martial was happy to praise Ronaldo as he watches him in awe in the gym.
He told France Football: “He is extremely humble – and what a hard worker.
“We often talk when we’re in the gym in the morning before we go to practice and I’ve been watching what he’s been doing. That makes sense, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo!”
Martial has had a difficult start to the season as he has suffered injuries that limit his playing time
Despite the praise for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Martial says the best player he has played alongside is Wayne Rooney.
He said: “We’ve talked about being honest and that’s how I can talk about Wayne Rooney.
“He’s the best player I’ve played with. He always plays for the team, always 100%, no fuss. A monster. And a model as a footballer.’
Martial (right) picks Wayne Rooney (left) over Cristiano Ronaldo as the best he played with
Martial also opened up about his struggles at Manchester United, suggesting he has often played while carrying an injury at the request of former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He said: “For the last two seasons, I have been regularly playing injured. People don’t know about it. I couldn’t speed through the four months of the Covid season. But Solskjaer told me he needed me, so I played. Given my game, if I can’t accelerate, then it becomes very complicated.
“But the manager didn’t bother to tell the media and obviously I ended up getting injured. I took it very badly. I had a feeling of injustice.
“They ask you to sacrifice for the team – and then you’re fired. To me it’s almost treason. This is what I hate. I may be accused – but not of being false.’
Martial (right) played through injury after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) said he was needed