Wayne Rooney very impressed with Anthony Martial

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Wayne Rooney has been hugely impressed with his new Manchester Untied team-mate Anthony Martial and thinks the striker might be the Premier League's quickest player.

Eyebrows were raised across world football when the Red Devils announced they had paid an initial £36million to sign the relatively unknown 19-year-old from AS Monaco.

But Martial started paying back the enormous fee – which could eventually rise to £58m – almost instantly. His fine form and four goals were enough to see him win the Premier League Player of the Month award for September.


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Not only has he won the respect of whoever decides that award, he has also impressed his team captain, who described the France international as "incredible" in a recent interview. 

Rather excitingly, Rooney also revealed that Martial may well be the fastest player at Manchester United and even the Premier League.

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"I think he has been incredible, how he has come over to Manchester and started the way he has," Rooney told United Review.

"Let's not forget he is still a very young lad as well. To come over with his young family and start the way he has, he deserves a lot of credit.

"You can see what a good player he is and he'll be an important player for us from now until the end of the season. He is probably the quickest player in our team, if not the quickest in the league."


The irony is that Rooney could soon find his place in the Manchester United team usurped by this teenage whippersnapper. Having turned 30 at the weekend, there was more evidence that Rooney's ageing legs are not what they used to be in Sunday's Manchester derby.

He failed to cut out a significant chance for either himself or his team-mates, drawing groans and jeers from the Old Trafford crowd.

Because Rooney was playing in the striker's role, Martial was forced to play on the left-wing, leaving him unable to influence the crucial game, which finished 0-0. Many fans, including GiveMeSport writer Kyle Hancox, suggested the England captain should be dropped to make way for Martial.

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