Martial was bought in by the club on transfer deadline day for a reported £36m, a figure which raised more than a few eyebrows.
However the newly-capped French international, who has been compared by numerous pundits to Thierry Henry, has enjoyed a fine start to life in Manchester having so far contributed four goals and an assist in six appearances.
Having seen Martial’s talent first-hand, Mata feels the youngster has exactly what it takes to reach the top.
“Martial has everything,” Mata said.
“He is tall, powerful, quick, he links up the play well and he scores goals. He could be very, very big and he’s only 19. He’s a player for now and for the future.”
When Man United forked out such a hefty sum to acquire Martial’s services, there was concern amongst some sections of fans who felt that the club had vastly overpaid for a player who was relatively unknown.
However, a month later, and his critics have been silenced. A fantastic solo goal against Liverpool followed by a brace against Southampton at St. Mary’s, has confirmed to supporters that he has everything it takes to become an integral part of the first-team setup at United.
Regardless of whether or not Louis Van Gaal feels Martial was ‘bought for the next manager’, the youngster could prove to be a crucial component in United’s fight for silverware this season, and at 19, he will only get better.