The Frenchman has now scored 13 goals across all competitions this season and managed to score Man United’s 1000th Premier League goal on Sunday.
United are still on the hunt for Champions League football next year as they move above West Ham on the table into fifth place, a point behind Manchester City, and Martial’s exceptional performances are spearheading our surge.
“I have already said in many press conferences after matches that Anthony Martial with his age is an exception, because he has also played every match,” said Van Gaal.
“To play every match then you have to be very strong and consistent because every week I shall compare every player with his competitor.
“It is fantastic what he is doing.”
Fantastic, superb, wonderful, exceptional – all the superlatives have been used when describing Martial this season but he keeps on delivering. It’s startling how consistent he’s been, delivering with almost every performance and leading our line without showing any sign of it being a burden alongside 18-year-old Marcus Rashford.
Some of United’s recent big name signings such as Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao haven’t exactly gone to plan but Martial has more than lived up to the big price-tag attached to him when he moved from Monaco.
When he came over the pond to England, not many football fans outside of France knew his name but there won’t be many who don’t know who he is now and for good reason.