Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has named Anthony Martial as the player who has benefitted the most from the sacking of former manager Jose Mourinho.
Ferdinand believes the Frenchman was under huge pressure when José gave the No. 9 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, he has thrived under Solskjaer and looks a different player now than compared to his time under the Portuguese.
“I think Anthony Martial was probably the main one for me, that needed rebuilding,” Rio Ferdinand has said when asked about the player who benefitted most from Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.
“Jose Mourinho brings in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, takes his number nine shirt. What that does for a player’s confidence I cannot tell you. It absolutely zaps the confidence out of you.
“He’s a poacher, a six-yard box player, scoring the scruffy goals, if you like. But he can also bring other people into the game. The intensity with which he plays, the skill, the guile that he’s got. This is what I love about him. He’s doing everything you’d want from a number nine right now.
“This is what we saw when he first burst onto the scene for Man United as a teenager. He came in scoring absolute world-beater goals, taking people on and driving at people.
“The dribbling, that’s world-class football what you’re seeing there. What I love about him is his intensity has changed, his whole body language has changed, there’s a new positivity about him.
“He’s somebody that is enjoying having the belief of the current manager. That’s what you need.
“No matter what level you are as a player, you need the backing and the belief from your manager to be able to put what you have on show,” Ferdinand added.
The Frenchman has scored 22 goals scored in 42 games this season, and is having his best season at the club.