Van Gaal happy with ‘very talented’ Martial but prepared to be patient

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal is happy with how Anthony Martial has started at Manchester United but insists everybody must give him time and not make him feel pressured into scoring every game.

The 20-year-old hit three goals in his first three Man United appearances but has since gone on a cold spell after being moved to the left-wing halted his momentum.

Right now, Martial is our main man in attack but despite his lack of goals recently, van Gaal is confident he will deliver the goals in time.

“I think he is very talented but we have to say also he is just 20,” van Gaal told reporters out in Germany ahead of the Wolfsburg game.

“We have to give him time and that’s always difficult when you are playing for a team like United because the expectations are very high, but I’m very convinced that he shall continue with his performances and also that he shall score at the right moment again. He doesn’t need that pressure to score every match.”

I don’t think it really matters what fans or van Gaal thinks about the pressure on Martial’s shoulders to score every game because he’ll put that pressure on himself. He’s that sort of player, the one that wants to continue excelling and pushing himself on further.

There are some players who buckle under pressure but Martial doesn’t strike me as one of those. Instead, he’ll feed off the added pressure and fuel himself with it. That’s not to say he’ll be scoring every game but the only pressures Martial has are the ones which he has put on himself with his performances.

That being said, United do need somebody to step up to the plate right now and take ownership because our distinct lack of goals is really hurting us. Hopefully Martial can do precisely that against Wolfsburg.

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