Schneiderlin hails Martial, eyes title challenge

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 8:27

Anthony Martial (l): Has been praised by team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin (r)

Anthony Martial (l): Has been praised by team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin (r)

Morgan Schneiderlin has hailed France and Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial, while the midfielder contemplates a title challenge.

Signed from Monaco for £36.7million on transfer deadline day this summer, Martial has defied the critics to score three goals in his opening two games.

An unheralded talent upon his arrival in England, the 19-year-old has adapted to the Premier League quicker than most expected, and France and Manchester United team-mate Schneiderlin is most impressed.

“Nobody really knew Anthony before he came to England but now they know more about him,” Schneiderlin said. “It is good for him because he is a guy who can handle this situation. He came here, was relaxed and just wanted to show what he can do.

“You can see not just from his goals, but from his all-round performances, he makes good passes, has got composure and can run in behind.

“It is good for him because he is a guy who can handle this situation. He came here, was relaxed and just wanted to show what he can do.

“He is very good and is going to do a lot more in the future.

“He has settled in well,” Schneiderlin added. “He has his wife and his baby. He is very young but he is a family man.

“I try to help him as much as I can and my girlfriend does as well. We hang out together to make him feel a bit better.”He is a very good guy so I am happy to have him in this football club.”

Sunday’s 3-2 win over Southampton leaves the Red Devils in second place in the Premier League table behind only Manchester City, with just two points separating the bitter rivals.

While Louis van Gaal feels talk of challenging for the title is premature, Schneiderlin has been slightly more committal with regards to United winning their first Premier League trophy since 2013.

“We have made a good start and it would have been even better had we not dropped points against Newcastle and Swansea,” said the 25-year-old.

“We want to win this title and if we stay strong and keep progressing during the season anything is possible.”

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