The 19-year-old hit the headlines at the weekend with a stunning goal on his debut and has immediately placed expectations on his shoulders simply because of how good his goal was.
After the game on Saturday, van Gaal said he would assess Martial in training before deciding whether he will start against PSV and from what he has seen, albeit limited due to time, he’s been happy with.
“We’ve had one light training session since the match [v Liverpool],” van Gaal said when asked about whether Martial will start.
“Martial’s impression so far is good.”
It’s a tough position for Martial to be in. On the one hand, van Gaal will want to protect him away from too much pressure and keep him out of the spotlight in order to make it easier for him to settle down.
On the other hand, Martial is now his best striking option on form and in a team which isn’t scoring goals in abundance, van Gaal will surely want to play him as he is his best choice going forward.
Managing those expectations and making sure Martial is happy is van Gaal’s job as a manager but it would actually be quite surprising if the French youngster doesn’t start tomorrow, because United need a win to kick start their Champions League campaign in the best way possible.