Manchester United boss plays down £36m signing’s form after 3-2 win

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has played down Anthony Martial’s form following a brace from the teenager against Southampton on Sunday, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Martial arrived at Old Trafford via a £36million transfer from Monaco on deadline day, with the media heavily criticizing the move as a panic buy from the Red Devils.

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However, on his debut the 19-year-old silenced his critics after coming on as a sub against Liverpool to score United’s third goal, and last night grabbed a brace in his first league start for manager Louis van Gaal against the Saints.

But the Dutchman has warned fans that they cannot expect such consistency from a young player, and that they have to be patient if he does not perform week in, week out.

“When you are that age you cannot expect consistency from a player,” he said.

“Emotionally they shall have a lot of dips so that I expect also from him, but that is not a big problem for me.”

Van Gaal went on to add that the attacker will improve drastically once he learns to speak English, with the former Barcelona boss revealing that he is currently asking Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini to help him communicate to Martial in French.

“He cannot speak English, I speak French to him,” Van Gaal continued.

“I need help with that with Fellaini and Schneiderlin. It’s very difficult. He’s willing to learn English. It’s a matter of time, I think.

“When he speaks English good enough he shall answer the questions. But now, first he has to learn English and adapt to the English culture. I have to say he is doing great. Three matches in a row, score three goals. It is one in one — not bad.”