Anthony Martial holds Eric Cantona’s legendary status at Manchester United in high regard and revealed how Patrice Evra helped persuade him to join the club.
The young Frenchman’s amazing start to life at Man United has seen him catapult from a ‘waste of money’ to one of Europe’s best young players within a very short space of time. Defenders are now scared to try and stop him because they fear being made to look the fool and it’s allowing Martial to torment teams.
He’s not the first player at United to have crossed the pond and in an very interesting and extended interview, Martial explained that both Cantona and Evra are influential characters for him.
“Cantona is truly a legend here and he is a real reference for me too,” he said.
“He was a great player. You also have Pat Evra who lives in the same town as me in France and who has only had good things to say to me about the club.
“He told me it was a club of champions, a club that above else wants to win and certainly since I’ve arrived here I’ve felt that for myself too. So I hope that this year we are going to manage to win something.”
What better way to mould yourself as a youngster than on two of our club’s greatest ambassadors?
On the one hand you have Cantona. The man, the myth. The player who is seen by many as the catalyst for our rise to dominance in the early 1990s.
On the other hand you have Evra. A player who, right up until this day, has truly understood what the club meant and showed that in how he played. He loved being a United player and you could tell.
Combined, they tell and show Martial everything he needs to understand what United is as a club and his early success shows how naturally he has become accustomed to life at Old Trafford already, even in a tumultuous period under Louis van Gaal.
Every time Martial gets the ball, I find myself shuffling to the edge of my seat in excitement and anticipation. He’s already got an air of expectance around himself thanks to his own doing and he’s only getting better and better.
Martial has everything he needs to go and become one of the world’s best players and I hope Man United can be the club which facilitates that growth because there’s nothing better than watching a young player grow into a world beater – Evra and Cantona would agree.