Michael Owen backs Anthony Martial to succeed at Manchester United

by Sam Koster

Michael Owen has backed new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial to shine at Old Trafford.

Martial was signed by Man United on transfer deadline day for an initial fee of around £36m, a sum which could eventually rise depending on his success while at the club.

The 19-year-old scored nine goals for Monaco last term and has been likened to Thierry Henry by both pundits and teammates since his big money move from France.

In the latest of a long line of praise, former United No.7 Owen praised Martial and insisted he has the talents to succeed at the club.

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“He’s only young and he’s going to a huge football club like this, but when you’re so talented you believe you can go to any team and play well in any team, and that confidence and self-belief almost carries you through,” Owen said.

“If he’s good enough I don’t think he’ll be put off by the enormity of the club. That’s what you dream about all your life and believe you can achieve when you’re a top class player.

“I don’t think you could blame it on a big club if he doesn’t succeed. If he’s good enough, I’m sure he’ll make it and he’s now at a club who will give him every chance.”

With such a hefty price-tag Martial will be under pressure to shine from day one. However, United fans must ensure that the youngster is given all the time he needs to adapt and settle in England before we see the full extent of his talents, which could turn out to be crucial in any potential title race this season.

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