Chris Smalling says Anthony Martial is the striker he fears the most

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed that Anthony Martial is the most difficult striker he has faced in training.

The French international has started his career in the Premier League brilliantly and has four goals in his first six games for the Red Devils following his £36 million move from Monaco.

The 19-year-old is under pressure to deliver after becoming the most expensive teenager in football history but has hit the ground running, and Smalling says it's not just on the pitch that he's excelling.

Martial is expected to feature against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and Smalling, who is enjoying a fine campaign as well, says he's on fire in training too. 

"Anthony has added that injection of unpredictability up front where he can turn players and run at them," the Manchester United defender revealed.

"Playing against him in training you know the handful that he is. You can see what he does in games. He’s probably the one forward I’d stick at the top of the list of who I wouldn’t want to play against at the moment. We play 11 against 11 in training so I come up against him and other forward. He’s quick and has that skill. People are surprised at how strong he is."

Manchester United have won their last four games in a row in all competitions and will be looking to make it five when they take on Arsenal today. Louis van Gaal's side will go back to the top of the table with a win against the Gunners, after they were leapfrogged by rivals Manchester City yesterday.

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