Didier Deschamps: Manchester United’s Anthony Martial adds new dimension to France

by Tanveer Arayan

France coach Didier Deschamps believes Manchester United’s Anthony Martial brings a new dimension to the national side but warned the youngster he still has room for improvement.

Martial put in an excellent display in France’s 2-1 friendly victory over Denmark last weekend as he registered an assist for Olivier Giroud’s strike.

Fans and pundits alike have subsequently lavished praise on the 19-year-old ahead of the European Championships next summer.

Deschamps praised Martial but added that there are a “few things” the player can improve.

Didier Deschamps

“I think Martial is best suited as a lone striker,” Deschamps said.

“Even though he also played on the left flank in Monaco. Anthony has the capacity to play in both roles.

“He has quality with his pace and his ability to go past the opponent and that brings a bit of variety to our game.

“It was a good performance from him, a very interesting one with a lot of play in terms of movement and take-ons [beating opponents]. He still has a few things to improve upon but he created very interesting situations for us.”

Martial is far from the finished article but, considering his tender age, the early signs have been nothing short of superb. The forward has produced some excellent displays for Man United and France and his maturity has stopped him from getting too carried away. Martial will be looking to keep his place in United’s starting XI for the game against Everton this weekend.

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