Anthony Martial has insisted that he wants to stay at Manchester United because of the passion of the club’s fans.

The Frenchman was connected with a loan move to Sevilla in the January transfer window after a lack of first-team opportunities toward the begin of the season under Jose Mourinho.

But the forward has been used more with United battling it out in the Premier League and Europa League and has revealed his bond with supporters.

The 21-year-old told Inside United magazine: “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.”

Martial has netted seven times this season and has praised the team’s fans for their patience.

“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.”

He added: “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.”

Mourinho’s side return to Premier League action at home to West Bromwich Albion on April 1.