Some Manchester United fans don’t have a single good word to say about their manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman has been under pressure from the Old Trafford faithful ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea boss in December.
However, the Dutchman has clung onto his job and has led his side into the FA Cup semi-final - while still having an outside chance of achieving a top four finish.
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Even though some of their fans refuse to give too much credit to their maligned manager, some players are singing his praises.
Last summer, Van Gaal splashed £36 million on a relatively unknown 19-year-old - Anthony Martial. It was believed that the Frenchman may be used sparingly to slowly introduce him to life in England.
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However, Martial has already made 42 appearances in all competitions for United, scoring 13 goals.
And the striker, who admitted he’s been slightly surprised with the amount of matches he’s played, has thanked Van Gaal for helping him to develop as a player.
Martial praises Van Gaal
“It’s not something I’d really expected, but it has been very important for my development,” Martial said in an interview with Saturday’s United Review, per Manchester Evening News.
“The boss has shown a lot of faith in me and the fact he’s played me in so many games has allowed me to make progress and come on as a player.”
Martial has had to adapt to playing as a left winger, as well as down the middle, after the arrival of Marcus Rashford. But eight Premier League goals represents a decent return from a foreign teenager in his debut season in England.
He was helped by an incredible debut back in September. The former Monaco man instantly became a United hero after he slalomed between Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel before finishing past Simon Mignolet to help his side beat Liverpool 3-1.
Review of his season
Despite, a steady first campaign, Martial admits he could have played even better.
On a personal level, it’s gone reasonably well,” he added.
“There are occasions when I could have done better: I could have been more clinical, scored more goals and made more assists. Now it’s down to me to keep going so I can help the team as much as I possibly can.”
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