Martial came off the substitute’s bench to net United’s third goal against Ipswich, meaning he has scored four goals in as many appearances since joining from Monaco. The 19-year-old could not have wished for a better start at Man United.
Since becoming the most expensive teenager in world football, the Frenchman has so far proved to be an inspired signing for United. After he burst onto the scene with his debut goal against Liverpool, his performances in both the Champions League and now the Capital One Cup mean United fans are already expecting a lot from their new striker.
Van Gaal, on the other hand, is trying to stay grounded. When asked about Martial, he said: “We are happy but still we have to keep our feet on the ground.”
“It is not so difficult because he is a player who is very modest. He knows that he can score and he can score because of his fellow players. We made it for him two times very easy because we won the game and the gaps are existing. With his speed and composure, he can score. He did it against Liverpool and now again.”
It was the second game in a row at Old Trafford that the youngster has come off the bench to score at the Stretford End and his early form means United fans are delighted with their acquisition.
It is exactly the sort of start Martial would have hoped for, after all the attention on him was focused on his price tag rather than his ability. He is letting his football do the talking for him and, if he can sustain his current level, he is sure to become a United great.