Willy Sagnol: Manchester United forward Anthony Martial ‘mature beyond his age’

by Ben Topliss

Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is “mature beyond his age”.

Martial has made a blistering start to life at Man United having scored three goals in two Premier League appearances since his £36m move to Old Trafford on deadline day.

Sagnol worked with Martial during his time in charge of the France U21 side and he handed the striker his debut at the age of 17.

“It is easy to say now: ‘Hey guys, I already said that Martial was a phenomenon two years ago’,” Sagnol said.

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“But the fact is that I played him at the U-21 team when he was only 17 and played in the CFA with Monaco’s reserves.

“Some people told me I was crazy at the time, but he was a kid I really liked, quiet and humble. But once you scratch the surface, he is actually mature beyond his age.”

A number of high profile figures in football have come out in praise of Martial’s ability and character and all the signs are pointing to a bright future for the Frenchman. Martial has been compared to Thierry Henry and it is easy to see why. His debut goal against Liverpool, in particular, was typical of Henry in the way he glided into the box before finishing calmly.

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