Martial started off as a striker in his first few games for Man United but switched to the left-wing against Everton. Up against one of the Premier League’s best right-backs in Seamus Coleman, Martial looked supremely comfortable and completed more dribbles past opponents than any player in the league that weekend.
Heading into tonight’s game against CSKA Moscow, Martial is one of United’s most in-form players and van Gaal is clearly happy to play him in a variety of roles.
“He [Martial] can play, in my opinion, four positions,” van Gaal told MUTV.
“He can play at seven, as a right-winger, 11 – the left-winger, the striker’s position and also at 10, I believe. But he has played in Monaco always in the left-winger position. That is why I put him there against Everton and also because of [Seamus] Coleman. I think he’s a very good right full-back so we could take benefit of the qualities of Martial also.”
I don’t think anybody is under any illusion as to what Martial’s best position is as a striker but his versatility adds another string to his bow. Not many strikers have that ability and find themselves out of their depth when they aren’t able to play in their favoured role, that’s not the case with Martial.
He’s 19, versatile, full of confidence and has bags of potential – Martial has everything needed to become a great player for United and his start has been the perfect beginnings for him in Manchester.