Martial has ‘a lot of room for improvement’

Date published: Tuesday 22nd March 2016 2:22

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France boss Didier Deschamps says Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has “a lot of room for improvement”.

The France frontman, 20, became the world’s most expensive teenager last summer when United paid Monaco £36million for the former Lyon star.

Martial, who has been capped six times by Les Bleus, is in line to face the Netherlands and Russia in friendlies this week and Deschamps believes the frontman has justified his hefty price tag.


“Anthony is young but he has confirmed his potential in Manchester despite the weight of the price of his transfer,” said Deschamps.

“He has progressed, he plays a lot. He is young and he is not tired.

“He is doing very interesting things with speed and impact. Usually he plays on the left but he can play as centre-forward too.

“It’s good, he continues to progress, he comes regularly for the French national team [but] he has a lot of room for improvement.”

Martial, who recently hinted he prefers to play out wide,  has scored 12 goals in 39 appearances for United and was a one of United’s better performers in Sunday’s 1-0 derby win over Man City.

United boss Louis van Gaal last month admitted Martial’s form for United had exceeded his own expectations after he scored in the 3-0 win over Stoke. 

“He was 19 (when he signed) and now he is 20 so that is surprising when you come from the French league to the Premier League and you can do this,” said the Dutch boss.

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