Louis Saha: What Anthony Martial will bring to Man United
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha runs rule over Red Devils signing Anthony Martial ahead of debut
Louis Saha believes new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial will bring speed and unpredictability to the Red Devils side.
The France international was the big deadline day signing in the Premier League after he completed a £36m move to Old Trafford from Ligue 1 side Monaco.
He will bring speed and unpredictability [to the team] and they are the things missing at the moment
The most-expensive teenager in European football history scored just 11 goals in 52 appearances in the French top-flight before his United move.
And former United striker Saha reckons Martial will make United very difficult to shut down for opponents, starting with visitors Liverpool on Saturday evening.
“I’m a big fan of his,” Saha told talkSPORT. “I think he’s got the quality [Louis] Van Gaal requires and I’m not surprised they went for him. It’s a good choice.
“He will bring speed and unpredictability [to the team] and they are the things missing at the moment – someone who is capable of doing things you’re not expecting, beating three or four players on his own and creating his own chances. He can really ease the pressure on the player up front because he can hold the ball up. He’s strong and he can do that.
“United need someone who can surprise teams. Sometimes coaches can read the gameplan of Van Gaal a bit too easily, but with this player that’s not possible.”
Martial is the third most-expensive signing in United’s history behind Angel di Maria and Juan Mata.
The teenager has been handed the number nine shirt after Radamel Falcao vacated the number following his Old Trafford exit this summer.
Martial won his first France cap in a 1-0 victory over Portugal on Friday night.
The £36m signing could make his debut against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.