Anthony Martial thinks he has ‘evolved’ as a player during his time at Manchester United.
The Frenchman moved to Old Trafford from Monaco in the summer of 2015, during Louis Van Gaal’s time as manager. Since then, he has not kicked on as many had expected after a wonderful debut season.
Martial is something of an enigma. He seems to have all the talent in the world, yet is not good enough to get a call up to Didier Deschamps’ national squad and has struggled to perform on a consistent basis at United.
According to the Athletic, Jose Mourinho even wanted to sell him during his time at the club, but his exit was blocked by United officials.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Martial has been given the chance to make his preferred central striker role his own, and has made some promising performances this season. He looks far more comfortable up front than Marcus Rashford who is better suited to a left-wing role. Unfortunately, this season has been hampered by an injury which ruled him out of action for eight weeks.
At 23, Martial needs to start justifying why he is still rated so highly at the club and exemplify the talent he has.
“I still hadn’t had the benefit of a proper full season as a professional first-team player in my legs. But now it’s my fifth season here, so now I have to prove and to show that I have evolved as a player and blossomed into one of the best strikers in the Premier League,” he told United Review, as quoted by Goal.
“When I came here I was still just a kid, and now I’ve grown up and I’ve become a lot more mature. Nowadays, I feel so much better in myself.”
Martial is certainly not short of confidence but will understand that now is the time to start delivering for the Reds. He is likely to retain his place upfront as United face Jose Mourinho’s Spurs at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.