Rabat - English coach, Gary Neville, who made his football career with Manchester United, said how Anthony Martial has positively surprised him with his performance.
Rabat – English coach, Gary Neville, who made his football career with Manchester United, said how Anthony Martial has positively surprised him with his performance.
According to UK’s Express, Neville believes Martial deserves to be wearing the Red Devil’s No. 9, lead striker jersey.
The former captain of Old Trafford has joined the list of those who have their eye on the French star since his outstanding debut with the British club.
Neville commented on Anthony’s technique: “I watched him on Saturday and what actually shocked me in the game was the elements of the game I did not expect.”
“He was playing against John O’Shea and Younes Kaboul, both six foot two, both strong lads, both physical. I was expecting him to get pushed off the ball,” said the former English right-back, who appears to be impressed by Martial’s lead on the pitch.
Neville, 40, who has reportedly criticized manager Louis Van Gaal’s methods, now agrees with the Dutchman’s strategy of placing the French forward “up front”, where he is showing his talent and proving he deserves to be United’s No. 9 man.
“I was expecting Manchester United to have signed a winger-forward, but what they have actually signed looks like a number nine; someone who can lead the line, and, if he’s not scoring goals and not running in behind, provide a point for attacks – and I never expected that,” added Neville.
According to the same report, the former Red Devil noted the changes that Anthony Martial has brought at Old Trafford: “He’s made a big difference. He’s transformed the front end of the team.”
Neville is reportedly “shocked” and “surprised” by the teenage-player and how he established himself in such a short period of time.
“In the first three weeks he couldn’t have made any greater impact upon me in terms of how he’s settled in, the goals he’s scored, the threat he’s provided, the transformation of the team, but also the fact that he can physically handle himself, push big men out of the way, hold the ball and turn in one movement,” Nevil added.