Louis Saha sends message to Man United fans about Anthony Martial
The former Manchester United striker is confident Anthony Martial has learned valuable lessons under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho
Louis Saha believes Anthony Martial will become a better player for his experience in his first two seasons at Manchester United.
The France international moved to Manchester United in a £36m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco during the 2015 summer transfer window.
Martial scored on his Premier League debut after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 victory over bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The talented forward scored 11 times in 49 games in all competitions during his first season under Louis van Gaal to establish himself as an exciting European talent.
However, Van Gaal’s replacement Jose Mourinho used Martial sparingly throughout the 2016-17 campaign and regularly questioned the France forward’s attitude and work rate.
The 21-year-old was linked with a potential move to Serie A duo AS Roma and Inter Milan in the summer transfer window but Manchester United refused to consider selling Martial.
However, the former Monaco starlet has made an impressive start to the current campaign following a return of two goals and made one assist in five appearances in all competitions.
Former Manchester United striker Saha believes Martial will benefit from the experience of playing under both Van Gaal and Mourinho.
“I think his experiences over the past two seasons will definitely help him mentally,” Saha told BetStars.
“Having a good start at United is always a plus but you have to maintain your level of performance because you have so much competition within the club and this isn’t always an easy thing to deal with.
“Some people will say he needs to work harder, define his role in the team and what his lead quality is. This type of player always struggles with this issue.”
Manchester United will host Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.