Anthony Martial has settled into life at Manchester United exceedingly well, scoring 12 goals in all competitions and providing a spark in a season that has included plenty of low moments for the club.
The Frenchman has shown an exuberance in his first season in England that has endeared him to the United faithful.
But things might not have turned out so good had Martial played in the same style he used to describe his feelings ahead of his switch from Monaco - scared.
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The 20-year-old moved from France to Old Trafford last summer in a deal that could reach £61.5 million.
He arrived with a weight of expectation but it’s not the transfer fee that concerned him the most.
“At the start I was scared because I had heard a lot about the intensity of the English game,” Martial told French radio station RTL, per Goal.
“But I realised during the matches that I was able to keep up, and I was really very happy about that because as a youngster I struggled to finish games, at the age of 17 they said I needed to work on my endurance.”
Martial’s concerns might have been more legitimate had he arrived in England two decades ago, but the Premier League’s reputation as a hard-hitting league has declined over the years, largely thanks to referees becoming more disciplined.
When asked if he was afraid of the intensity of the tackles made in English football, the forward replied: “No the intensity, the tackles you need to know how to avoid them and not injure yourself.”
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