His nonchalant demeanour, dazzling footwork and ice-cold finishing have already earned him the adoration of United’s fans, who have immortalised their number nine in song. “Tony Marshall came from France,” goes the chant, knowingly using an Anglicised version of Martial’s name. “English press said he had no chance/Fifty million down the drain/Tony Marshall scores again!” Far from being eased into life at Old Trafford, Martial has become a virtual ever-present, playing more minutes of United’s Premier League campaign than any outfield player apart from Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Juan Mata. Together with Jesse Lingard, 23, and 18-year-old sensation Marcus Rashford, Martial has formed a youthful trio whose vibrant displays have helped to keep some of the heat off Van Gaal despite United’s pancake-flat football and failure to qualify for the Champions League.
A piece on Anthony Martial, who has shrugged off his huge price tag to become Manchester United’s go-to attacking player.
Martial should be Man UTD’s best player next year. He has all the attributes, I think it could be that he has a great Euros and he comes back into the Man UTD squad with his chest pushed out and becomes an even better player then he already is.
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