Manchester United fans can be forgiven if they simply assumed Anthony Martial had settled into his new life in North-West England, such was the 20-year-old's form in his debut campaign.
The French attacker arrived at Old Trafford with huge pressure attached to his shoulders. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward agreed a deal worth a potential £58million to sign him from AS Monaco, making him the most expensive teenager ever at the time.
Martial looked at the figure without so much as a flicker of forethought and went about the business of establishing himself at one of the world's biggest football clubs. He did that by finishing the campaign as their top scorer with 17 goals across all competitions.
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But despite appearing to flourish in his new surroundings on the pitch, there are a couple of things stopping him from doing that off of it. Indeed, in a recent interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, Martial cited two downfalls of earning a living in Manchester, ones we can all empathise with.
Asked about his current dislikes, Martial rather predictably responded: “Manchester weather, cooking when I’m tired and English cuisine.”
Future is safe
They are, of course, understandable reservations for Martial to have about his new home. He grew up with the sunnier climbs of Lyon before moving to the even sunnier Monaco in his later years.
And any Manchester kebab shop hoping to compare with the myriad Michelin chefs in France will be left thoroughly humbled.
So fans do not need to start worrying about a repeat of the Angel di Maria fiasco in which the Argentinian completely failed to adapt to life away from mainland Europe.
Martial can expect to be welcomed with open arms by his new manager Jose Mourinho next season if Manchester Evening News is to be believed.
They recently reported that Martial is one of just seven players that will certainly play a key role under the Special One. The rest of the squad will have to impress in pre-season or risk being sold.
David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw join him on the safe list. We assume it will also include Mourinho's three new signings Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but anything is possible under the Portuguese.
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