United boss feels that Anthony Martial will only improve

Becoming the world’s most expensive teenager, scoring on your debut against bitter rivals and netting a brace on your first league start – it all comes pretty easily for Anthony Martial.

The youngster, who joined United for a whopping £36m on Deadline Day, has been in scintillating form ever since putting pen to paper at the Old Trafford club.

But the club’s manager Louis van Gaal has said that there is plenty more to come from his young French striker, whilst simultaneously warning fans that they cannot expect consistency.

“When you are 19 years old, you cannot expect consistency. Emotionally they shall have a lot of dips so that I expect also from him but that is not a big problem for me.

“He adapts to the system of how we want to play, that is also important, not every player can adapt to our system but he shows he wants to do that, and he can do that.”


The Dutchman has also revealed that the teenager is yet to learn English, and that he has to speak to Martial in French – one of five languages the 64-year-old has learnt in his time as a manager.

“I speak French with him. Sometimes I need help from [Marouane] Fellaini and [Morgan] Schneiderlin with that because it is not easy. But he is willing to learn English.”

Martial’s maiden goal for United came after he turned Martin Skrtel inside out before slotting calmly past the on-rushing Mignolet in front of the Stretford End.


His brace at St Mary’s takes his tally to three in three, as United struggle to find goals from elsewhere.