Coming to Manchester United with the highest paid fee splashed out for a teenage footballer, Martial was seen as one of the most exciting prospects in world football at the time. Playing as a forward with speed and good technique, we take a look at the top quotes about Anthony Martial.
After nurturing his ability at French team Les Ulis, Martial played for Lyon and Monaco before moving to Old Trafford in 2015.
After impressing in his debut season, including an FA Cup triumph and being the club’s top goalscorer, he performed less in the following season despite the club winning two trophies, the Europa League and the League Cup.
He was used mostly as a substitute in the next campaign, but came back to prolific goal scoring ways with a personal best 23 goals in the 2019/20 season. Having scored a hatful of goals for the French youth teams, Martial made his international debut for France in 2015 and made it to the squad when the nation came runners-up at Euro 2016.
The disappointment of missing out at a place in the World Cup of 2018, was however followed by a selection for the finals of the 2021 UEFA Nations League finals in Italy. He was not picked for any of the two games but still saw his side pick up the title.
Martial is currently on loan to Spanish side Sevilla until the end of the current season.
“We knew from the age of nine or 10 that he would be a top, top player in European football. He worked hard…..Here we have a habit of telling the other players, ‘Do it like Anthony’. Because Anthony is an extraordinary player.” Aziz Benaaddane (coach at former club Les Ulis)
“We saw his talent very quickly…..when we put him into more advanced age groups he was quicker than the others…..he is from a very good family and he had a good education…..That makes for good kids.” Mahamadou Niakate (former coach at Les Ulis)
“Anthony is a naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential…..He has all the attributes to become a top football player.” Louis Van Gaal (Manchester United manager)
“…..he is a top, top striker. He is quick, he is strong and likes to drift out to the left…..He looks so dangerous and so direct.” Phil Neville (coach at Valencia CF)
“He’s got a good combination of pace and power…..he’s got an interesting profile…..with both strength and speed.” Didier Deschamps (France football team manager)
“…..he reminds people of Henry…..He’s not as tall…..but he is lightning quick…..He’s got good technique, good skills, he’s a good finisher…..” Philippe Auclair (French football journalist)
“The boy Anthony Martial, he can be anything…..What I like about the boy is that he doesn’t panic. I don’t think you can teach that.” Alex Ferguson
“…..with the ball he would run in a line straight to the goal…..a talent like that arrives only once every five or six years. We felt it, we saw the potential and we pushed him.” Aziz Benaaddane
“His professional level has improved, he’s working much, much better…..Of course he wants to play, he wants to start, he wants to be selected for the national team and go to the World Cup.” Jose Mourinho (Manchester United manager)
“The first memory I have is that Anthony Martial had the same characteristics as Thierry Henry. A goalscorer – intelligent, fast and a winner…..But he was a hard worker…..Anthony already had great qualities but he liked working hard and he always wanted to go a step further.” Mahamadou Niakate
“We knew he’d be a top player…..he’s going to be special…..at Manchester United, you can see in his game that he is blooming.” Aziz Benaaddane
“He’s really good for 19. I didn’t know him when I was in France. He’s very, very hard to mark because he knows how to do a lot of things. Not only is he quick, but he’s also technically good.” Simon Kjaer (Fenerbahce defender)
“…..Do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes, I think. Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes, I think…..” Jose Mourinho (Manchester United manager)
“…..Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was, because the English press had started to speak…..I told him he’s a great player with great potential, who has played some good matches with Monaco last season and the beginning of this. I told him he is technical and powerful. A little like Thierry Henry…..” Morgan Schneiderlin (new Manchester United team-mate)