Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned fans that they should lower their expectations of £36million signing Anthony Martial despite his dream debut, according to reports from the Mirror.
Martial didn’t take long to make his mark with his new club, coming off the bench on Saturday to seal a win for the United against Liverpool with a late solo goal.
But Van Gaal was quick to diffuse the mass euphoria surrounding the world’s most expensive teenager in football, telling fans they should not rely on the 19-year-old to produce this sort of displays in every game.
“That’s why I am saying these things – that he is 19, that he has to adapt, that we have bought him for the future, that he is for my successor,” said van Gaal.
“These are all signals from me that we have to protect him. You cannot expect from players of 19, 20 or 21, the same consistency of a Bastian Schweinsteiger or Michael Carrick. I hope by my declarations it shall be the case [that expectations of Martial are lowered].
“We bought him because of his talent, but you must show your talent at the right time on the pitch, and Martial did that in his first match.
“But we’ll see if he can be consistent and do it in every game. You have an average from strikers of around 50 or 60 per cent every match.
“His average at Monaco was lower, because his finishing was not so good. But on this occasion it was 100 per cent.”
The Red Devils bounced back nicely to beat Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford following weeks of criticism for their performance against Swansea City and reports of a fallout between the manager and his players.
However, it seems that it’s all been put to bed, with star goalkeeper David de Gea also signing a new contract after his failed transfer to Real Madrid.