Ryan Giggs has hailed Manchester United’s Anthony Martial as a “breath of fresh air” this season.
Eyebrows were raised when Man United chose to pay an initial £36m for Martial in the summer but the Frenchman has blown all expectations out of the water.
Martial scored once again against Liverpool on Thursday, although he couldn’t prevent a Europa League exit, and Giggs insisted that Martial has the potential to “rise to the top”.
“Anthony has been a breath of fresh air,” Giggs said.
“He came in for big money and he has been so consistent this year. It puts pressure on other players who aren’t as consistent because it is not normal for a young player. They can be brilliant for two or three games and then it will dip, but it doesn’t happen very often.
“You look at Cristiano [Ronaldo]. For 18 months he was indifferent. Now, phew, he scores every week. People just mature at different times. It’s up to the individual to work hard and the cream usually rises to the top if you work hard and you have got the quality.”
In what has been a season of lows for United supporters, Martial has proven to be one of the few positives for the club.
The youngster always seems to perform despite the troubles that the team are going through right now and his consistency is remarkable given his tender age. It will be exciting to see how he develops at Old Trafford.