Manager opens up about Man United forward Anthony Martial
Remi Garde says Anthony Martial wants to win despite the Manchester United striker's quiet persona
Remi Garde has underlined Anthony Martial’s desire to win despite the Manchester United striker’s quiet personality.
The France international was a sensation in his first season in the Premier League after Martial completed a move to Manchester United from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the 2015 summer transfer window.
Martial scored 11 times in 49 games in all competitions under Louis van Gaal after the 21-year-old became the most-expensive teenager in the world following his move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United appointed Jose Mourinho as Van Gaal’s successor at the end of the 2015-16 season and the Portuguese coach wasted no time signing legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Red Devils manager has used Martial sparingly in the current campaign and the Manchester United striker has only scored four goals in 29 appearances in the Premier League this term.
Garde, who was appointed as Aston Villa manager for a brief spell in 2016, was in charge of Lyon when Martial broke through the ranks before his move to AS Monaco in 2013.
Speaking to The Guardian about Martial’s personality, Garde offered Manchester United supporters some insight into the France star.
“Anthony is very quiet and calm. Of course when you are playing for United it’s different to what he knew in France but I think he copes quite well,” Garde said.
“He is a very nice guy and a competitor – he wants to win – but he is a bit reserved. He is 21, which is very young to be a star at Manchester United.
“Sometimes you need the experience of other players who can talk to him, push him, advise him.”