Anthony Martial has spoken about his relationship with Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, claiming he knows that the Dutchman is tough on him for his own good.
It is true, he is always on my back if I misplace a pass. Yes always, if I misplace a pass or I take a poor touch, he is the first I hear who is screaming at me. It makes me laugh because I know it is for my own good. He wants me to be a perfectionist and I think it is like that that I will progress. He has allowed me to progress enormously, he has also given me an enormous amount of confidence and I think it is thanks to this that I have succeeded with my start at Manchester United… He is a very good coach, in his nature he seems cold on the exterior but he is a very good coach, he is nice… When we win, he is happy.
When it was announced that Martial had signed for £35m, the newspapers in this country branded the deal a “waste of money”. Since scoring against Liverpool on his debut, very little has been written about how much the young Frenchman cost. Martial insists he wasn’t bothered about what was being written though.
I was just happy to go to Manchester. For what was said in the media, I did not listen, it was more my family that was a bit taken aback by the whole thing. But I simply concentrated on the pitch in order to be ready for the right moment.