Anthony Martial believes he has improved as a player since joining Manchester United from AS Monaco at the end of the summer transfer window - and there’s one teammate in particular who has inspired him.
The France international admits he has learned “a lot” from Wayne Rooney over the past five months and is confident that working alongside the Manchester United and England captain will help him to become a “great player”.
Martial has scored eight goals in 28 appearances for the Red Devils this season and continues to impress with his direct style of play and fearless attitude out on the pitch.
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"[I improve] by training every day with talented players," the 20-year-old told Manchester United’s official website. "Especially with Wayne Rooney, I learn a lot from him. I always try get inspired from him so that I can also become a great player."
Martial also admitted that he is not a selfish footballer - some might argue this is a negative trait for a striker - and that he gets just as much enjoyment from providing an assist as he does scoring a goal.
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"I have always been considered as an altruistic person," Martial added. "This is something that has been said to me quite a lot. So both giving a decisive pass or scoring a goal means as much to me. At the end, the most important thing is to win as a team.
"I think it’s important to keep working hard to constantly improve and help the team to win titles and get back on top of the league table. Yes, I have a number in mind [as a goals target] but I’d rather keep it to myself."
Martial has world-class potential
Martial won the coveted Golden Boy award last year - an individual accolade that Rooney also won, back in 2004 - and looks destined to become one of the best forwards in world football.
Following Friday night’s 3-1 win over Derby County - a match in which Martial produced one of his most impressive performances for the Red Devils so far - Louis van Gaal predicted the young forward will be a “great player for Manchester United for a long time”.
It’s hard to disagree with that assessment. Few people in England knew about Martial prior to his shock move to Manchester United - and just about everybody questioned the £36 million United forked out for his services.
But very few people are talking about the price tag less than six months later.
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