Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was ecstatic that Anthony Martial scored in his side’s win over Liverpool yesterday, but urged patience with the 19-year-old.
The former Monaco sensation was signed at great expense on transfer deadline day by the Red Devils to end the striker shortage at Old Trafford.
Martial came off the bench in yesterday’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, scoring the third goal for the hosts with a piece of individualism that had the footballing world sitting up and taking note.
Many are comparing the young Frenchman to compatriot Thierry Henry for his style of play, but Van Gaal has stated that Martial needs time to adapt to his new environment.
“It is fantastic, I cannot deny that, but he is still only 19‚” The Guardian quote the Dutch maestro as saying.
“He has to adapt to a new culture and to the high rhythm of the Premier League. It was the right moment to let him play.
“He scored a fantastic goal, he has pace to dribble and his finish was fantastic.
“Still, you cannot expect that players this age have consistency. You can ask that from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick, but not players of 19.
“When you score a goal like Anthony has, you cannot wish for more. We wanted him because he’s the best in his age.
“But he needs time. He’s been with us for three days and that is too short to judge his personality, but he has made a very good impression.”
Wayne Rooney is currently injured and as such is a doubt for the midweek Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven, which could well give Martial a chance to get his first start for the historic English side.
Van Gaal started Marouane Fellaini as his striker against Liverpool, but he Belgian had little impact on proceedings.