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Anthony Martial opens up on Louis van Gaal relationship

by Sam Peoples

Anthony Martial has opened up about his relationship with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, describing him as “very good coach”.

Martial has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence at Man United this season since his summer move from Monaco for an initial £36m.

Van Gaal has used Martial as a striker and on the left wing over the course of the campaign and the Frenchman has scored 12 goals in all competitions. Martial revealed that van Gaal often shouts at him but insisted that the tough treatment is good for his development.

“It is true, he is always on my back if I misplace a pass,” Martial said.

“Yes always, if I misplace a pass or I take a poor touch, he is the first I hear who is screaming at me. It makes me laugh because I know it is for my own good. He wants me to be a perfectionist and I think it is like that that I will progress.

“He has allowed me to progress enormously, he has also given me an enormous amount of confidence and I think it is thanks to this that I have succeeded with my start at Manchester United… He is a very good coach, in his nature he seems cold on the exterior but he is a very good coach, he is nice… When we win, he is happy.”

Van Gaal has implemented a rigid, mechanical style of play at Old Trafford since he took charge of the club so it is no surprise to see that Martial is lambasted when he doesn’t follow instructions.

United are clinging on in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and Martial will be crucial to their aspirations come the end of the campaign.

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