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Jamie Redknapp believes Anthony Martial will replace Wayne Rooney as Manchester United’s ‘leading light’

by Tanveer Arayan

Jamie Redknapp believes Anthony Martial will replace Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney as the club’s leading light in the future.

The Frenchman has scored 14 goals across all competitions and booked Man United’s place in the FA Cup final for the first time in nine years with his dramatic winner against Everton at Wembley.

Since joining from AS Monaco last summer, Martial has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Old Trafford and quickly become one of Louis van Gaal‘s most influential attacking players, to the point where he is considered indispensable by fans.

Writing in his weekly Daily Mail column, Redknapp praised Martial’s composure in big games and pointed towards his ability as a true match-winner.

“It was more their players who could always turn it on for the big moments like Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Andy Cole,” he said.

“In the last year or so United have lacked this type of player but after his FA Cup semi-final winner against Everton, there is no doubt they have a man for the big occasion in Anthony Martial.

“Nothing fazed him and when the chance came in the last minute you just knew Martial would lap it up.

“He and Marcus Rashford are developing a really good relationship and I believe the Frenchman has what it takes to replace Wayne Rooney as the leading light in this team.

“Martial now has more goals and assists combined than any other United player in all competitions this season and he is only going to get better.”

Despite being just 20, Martial looked extremely confident in his first appearance at Wembley and a brilliant goal will definitely be remembered by fans for many years to come.

It seems as if his qualities are more suited to a role up front but van Gaal has helped him develop on the wing and his blossoming relationship with Rashford in recent weeks has been one of the season’s high points.

Martial has already proven he’s got everything needed to succeed at United and his outstanding performances in a disappointing campaign under van Gaal have underlined his quality as one of the world’s best youngsters. If he can be this good in his first year at Old Trafford, it’s scary to think how good he can become.

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