Martin Keown impressed by "absolutely magnificent" Anthony Martial

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Martin Keown has sung praise for Manchester United's £36 million summer signing Anthony Martial, following the Frenchman's emphatic start to life in the Premier League.

The 19-year-old scored twice in the Red Devils' 3-2 win away to Southampton, both of which composed finishes, and has taken to English football like a duck to water.

And it would appear that, despite being widely seen as an expensive acquisition destined to flop, Martial is well on his way to making his critics eat their own words.


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Speaking to Match of the Day 3, as per BBC Sport, Keown said of the striker: "He's been absolutely magnificent. They could not have hoped for any more."

"There was a huge transfer fee on his head, but it doesn't seem to bother him. Every time he is in front of goal he seems to be at his happiest."

Martial's brace came after a fine debut the weekend previous, with a superb solo effort against Liverpool culminating in a Thierry Henry-esque finish past Simon Mignolet. To flaunt such composure on his debut could ultimately mean that comparisons to the Arsenal legend are justifiable.

The former Monaco man was the subject of a shock deadline day move to United, becoming the most expensive teenager of all time. The initial fee was believed to be £36 million, with add-ons set to take it to £58 million should the youngster perform in his new surroundings.

Doubts remain, of course, give his average goalscoring record and inexperience prior to his move, but in front of the creative talents of Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney, who looks as though he'll shift into the no.10 role, Martial could thrive.

"I thought they would take him off at 3-1 [against Southampton] and they do need to manage him well. He's only a young boy really," Keown continued.

"But he looks very powerful and mature and he's well beyond the age he played at on Sunday."

Louis van Gaal's side face out-of-form and rock-bottom Sunderland on Saturday at Old Trafford - another ideal opportunity for Martial to continue his goalscoring run and further prove that his transfer fee isn't so ludicrous as first thought.

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