Anthony Martial: Manchester United price tag hasn’t affected me

by Tanveer Arayan

Anthony Martial insists he hasn’t been affected by his price tag at Manchester United this season.

The Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford last summer from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day as the most expensive teenager in football history.

Man United splashed out £36m on the 20-year-old and he’s gone on to consistently show he was worth every penny with 15 goals in 46 games, despite being played out on the wings for a lot of this season.

Speaking about his transfer, Martial insists he hasn’t felt any extra pressure and is hoping to score many more goals.

“I never feel any extra pressure at all,” he said.

“The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to do well and to work hard throughout the season to help the team. That’s what drives me on. I think in that respect it [the price tag] has not affected me.

“I just hope I can score many more goals in the future for Manchester United.”

His contributions this season have led to United fans laughing at press headlines around the time of his arrival which labelled him as ‘a waste of money’. In a frustrating campaign under Louis van Gaal, Martial has given the club a chance of finishing in the top four and even winning the FA Cup within his first year in England.

Martial’s strike against Liverpool on his United debut was recently voted as the Goal of the Season but the injury-time winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley was by far his most significant goal of the term.

Looking ahead to the future, Martial has already proven his quality as one of the world’s best youngsters and if he can be this good in his first year at Old Trafford, I can’t wait to see how good he can be with another year of experience.

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