Kylian Mbappe has expressed his delight at playing alongside Anthony Martial, noting that the Frenchman was easy to link up with.
Martial was handed a start on the left-hand side against Russia and impressed with an array of penetrating bursts down the flank as Mbappe gave France the lead in the first half.
Paul Pogba added a second soon after the break before Mbappe claimed France’s third with a crisp finish to kill the game.
Speaking in the aftermath, Mbappe spoke effusively about playing alongside Martial and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
“I’m happy, the most important thing was to win,” he said. “It’s always good to beat records, but I don’t go looking for that.”
“I played with players it’s easy to link up with; it’s simple to play with Ousmane [Dembele] and Anthony [Martial]. We have to work on our understanding, but I think it was a good start.”
The prospect of a front line of Mbappe, Martial and Dembele is absolutely frightening. That, right there, is liquid gold pouring all over the pitch, a banquet of mazy feet, piercing diagonals runs and ferocious shots.
They have all demonstrated a capacity dismantle the very best defenders and the oldest member of the trio is Martial, just 22 years of age. Whether they can have an impact at the World Cup this year in the face of the likes of Brazil, Germany or Spain remains to be seen, but give them another four years and they truly could be a sight to behold.
In the meantime, United have to do everything possible to keep Martial at the club. And they shouldn’t think twice about launching a hefty bid when Mbappe grows tired of winning Ligue 1 over the next few years.
For all of Martial’s unquestionable brilliance, the teenager has an even higher ceiling.