Anthony Martial has sung the praises of Manchester United supporters today, claiming they are what makes him want to stay at the club for as long as possible.
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.
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.
Martial’s chant is sung every week at Old Trafford but the moment that really stands out in the memory is after the FA Cup semi-final against Everton last season. Martial scored an injury time winner to put us in the final and his song was sung on repeat as a result.
The striker has revealed that he loves hearing us singing his song and that it gives him extra motivation.
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.
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