Former Manchester United player Phil Neville is predicting that United youngster Anthony Martial will become one of the best strikers in the world.
The 19-year-old Martial joined United close to the transfer deadline this summer from AS Monaco. United paid a reported £36 million in initial fees, it could rise to as much as £58 million depending on how he fares at United.
Neville, 38, spent 10 years with the United first team between 1995-2005 and currently works as a coach for Spanish La Liga side Valencia. The former Red Devil believes that Martial can become one of the best.
“From the very first time I saw him early in the season, when we [Valencia] played Monaco in the Champions League qualifying rounds, he was someone who was devastating against us,” Neville said in a video on his personal Twitter account. “Every time he got the ball he made me nervous; he made our defenders nervous because he likes to turn and he likes to dribble.
“What I think he brings most to this Manchester United team is genuine speed and speed on the counter-attack, like we saw against Everton when they went to Goodison Park and won, as well as speed when United play a passing football style under Louis van Gaal.
“He has brought genuine speed to the team, he is strong and he is quick. People question the amount of money that van Gaal paid but I think United have got an absolute bargain and his style suits the Premier League. I think there is more to come. He is still young, he still learning and there is more to come from this striker, who I think could become one of the best in the world.”
Martial has despite his young age, already made his debut for the French national team. He has scored three goals in eight Premier League appearances so far this season.