Sunday 19 November 2017

Manchester United's Anthony Martial says Louis van Gaal rants 'make me laugh'

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

Samuel Stevens

Anthony Martial, the Manchester United striker, has revealed that he enjoys being harangued by manager Louis van Gaal – because it is for his own good.

The 20-year-old has scored 12 goals for United after joining from Monaco for an initial £36m, a fee which could rise to £57.6m, in the summer, before a torrid season in the North West.

Martial’s exploits have been a rare source of comfort for United supporters during a campaign which has seen their Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, and Capital One Cup aspirations all cut short prematurely.

Van Gaal’s side, however, still hold hopes of securing a top four spot and are set to play West Ham United next month for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

But their French striker says he enjoys the pressure, revealing how his manager conducts himself around the changing room at Old Trafford.

“He yells at me,” Martial said in an interview with RTL. “It makes me laugh because I know it's for my own good.”

Martial is used to the approach and says Leonardo Jardim, his former manager at Monaco, was similar, adding: “He was very hard with me, that’s what I needed.”

Independent News Service

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