Martial extra motivated to fire Man Utd past St Etienne

Date published: Monday 13th February 2017 2:23

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial says he is looking forward to renewing old rivalries with St Etienne in the Europa League this week.

Before moving to Monaco and then to Old Trafford, the 21-year-old came through the youth ranks at Lyon – the bitter rivals of Thursday’s last-32 opponents.

Martial never played in the Rhone-Alpes derby but took great pleasure in scoring against St Etienne after coming off the bench to snatch a 1-1 draw for Monaco in April 2015.

Fresh from his man-of-the-match return to the United starting line-up against Watford, the France international is now targeting another goal against Les Verts – one that would cost United 10 million euros (£8.5million) given a clause in their deal with Monaco.

“There was a huge rivalry while I was still at Lyon,” Martial told the club’s website.

“It was always a highly charged atmosphere and they were usually massive games, the kind all players love to play in.

“So there will be that added competitive edge whenever I play against them.

“We know it will be a difficult match but if we play with all our quality, I think we can do good things.

“Of course, it would be great if I could score against them again, but I hope we can win the game because that’s the most important thing, then it would be a bonus if I managed to grab a goal.”

Martial’s resumption of battle with St Etienne is a side note compared to the noise surrounding the battle between Paul Pogba and brother Florentin, who will line up for the visitors on Thursday.

“They are well known for being big jokers and mickey-takers but, once they are on the field, it will be like two warriors who are going all out to win the game,” Martial said.

“If one beats the other, he’ll immediately start giving out loads of stick so they’ll be desperate to do all they can to win!”

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