Anthony Martial has given a clear warning to the Premier League defenders that nest season he will be an even better finisher for Manchester United.
Martial who was signed for a total of £57million, has so far scored 12 goals and provided six assists in his debut season.
The 19-year-old France international’s transfer fee was described as ridiculous by United boss van Gaal himself but the youngster admits he could have produced even better performance had he been less worried about adjusting the intensity of English football.
He has also ruled out any possible move away from Old Trafford in near future as his impressive performances have seen him linked with a return to his homeland. PSG have shown their interest on the French forward with Ibrahimovic set to leave after this season.
Martial said in an interview: “I think I could have done better. There were some chances that I missed, but I think next year it will be much better.
“At the beginning, I was scared because I had heard a lot about the intensity of the English game.
“But I realised during the matches that I was able to keep up, and I was really very happy about that because as a youngster I struggled to finish games — at the age of 17, they said I needed to work on my endurance.
“I prefer to play up front. But if the coach puts me on the wing then that means it is better for the team and for me that is the most important thing.
“I am working very hard every day in training [to become a better finisher] and it is true that sometimes when I play the number nine, I have not scored but it is like that.
“With time, I will progress even more and I will be more mature to score even more goals.”
It has to be a certain crazy whirlwind, emerging from a promising professional at Monaco to become the all-time highest-priced teenager, to eventually seeing off even his biggest advocates’ projections that he is now regarded as both the present and the future of the Manchester United and France attacking lines.
Glimpses showed by this interview prove that yes, it really is as ridiculous for Martial as you would think, and also that he seems to be handling it all in a manner that contradicts his actual age.