Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is urging fans to temper their expectations with young striker Anthony Martial.
Martial, 19, had a dream debut for United on Saturday when he came off the bench and scored the final goal in United’s 3-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal spoke to The Guardian and told fans to not expect too much too soon from the young Frenchman, despite scoring a wonderful goal on his debut.
“It is fantastic, I cannot deny that, but he is still only 19‚” Van Gaal said. “He has to adapt to a new culture and to the high rhythm of the Premier League. It was the right moment to let him play. He scored a fantastic goal, he has pace to dribble and his finish was fantastic.
“Still, you cannot expect that players this age have consistency. You can ask that from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick, but not players of 19. When you score a goal like Anthony has, you cannot wish for more. We wanted him because he’s the best in his age. But he needs time. He’s been with us for three days and that is too short to judge his personality, but he has made a very good impression.”
United sits in third place in the Premier League table with 10 points after 5 games. The Red Devils will travel to the Netherlands to take on PSV Eindhoven in the opening game of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday. With Wayne Rooney missing the Liverpool game due to injury, Martial might be getting another look in the lineup soon.