Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hailed Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler as a “very good player” ahead of side’s Champions League clash with the German club and likened the midfielder to his own big money summer signing, Anthony Martial.
The World Cup winner grabbed headlines during the last window when he switched from Schalke to the Volkswagen-backed outfit for a fee of around £25.5m – the second highest sum, behind Mario Gotze, paid between two German clubs.
Draxler replaced now Manchester City man Kevin De Bruyne following his rise to become one of the division’s leading attacking midfielders, and has been tracked by Arsenal in the past.
United, who are in need of a good result at home to Wolfsburg after losing their European opener away at PSV Eindhoven, take on the 22-year-old’s side this week, and Van Gaal heaped praise on the starlet, drawing comparisons between him and Old Trafford newbie, Martial:
“He was a very young talent when I was there [in Germany with Bayern Munich] so I know him,” he is quoted by Metro.
“He has to go on a long road like Martial, although it could be a little bit shorter because he has been playing longer on that level. He’s a very good player.”
Van Gaal’s comments are even more interesting given that United were linked with Draxler over the summer.