Manchester United’s Anthony Martial named ninth most influential figure in French football

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has been named the ninth most influential figure in French Football by L’Equipe.

Martial has enjoyed a memorable debut campaign with Man United having made the move to Old Trafford from Monaco in the summer.

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi tops the 30-strong list, while France boss Didier Deschamps and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas occupy second and third, respectively.

Martial is ahead of PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who can only make twelfth in the list.

The youngster’s position indicates just how much he has been thrust into the limelight following a sparkling start to life at Old Trafford.

Eyebrows were raised when United chose to pay £36m for Martial on transfer deadline day but the forward has blown away all expectations. He is now arguably United’s most important attacking player and, at just 20 years old, he will only get better. It will be exciting to see how he develops in Manchester.

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