The victory took Louis van Gaal’s side into second place, two points behind neighbours Manchester City. Before that, he had put impressive performances in against PSV Eindhoven and against Liverpool where he scored a superb solo goal on his debut for United. “We saw the weaknesses of Manchester United today, defensively”. Van Gaal was incredulous. That is also remarkable. We were the better team after that’.
“I wouldn’t have imagined he would have the composure he’s had”, Neville said. “He’s probably going to have to start 95 per cent of games if he stays fit and I think that it’s not ideal but it’s a necessity at this point“.
“You can not say he is ahead of schedule”.
Neville has particularly been impressed by Martial’s strength, and believes he plays in a style that benefits his side: “The big criticism of United over this last 12 months has been playing in front of teams and playing safe”.
All eyes will now be on whether Van Gaal allows Martial the chance to further boost his confidence in midweek when Ipswich Town visit Old Trafford for a League Cup tie.
“He gives too much space on [Dusan] Tadic in my opinion and Tadic was the most unsafe man”, he said. I expect that from him. Van Gaal said he replaced Darmian with Antonio Valencia to deal with the threat of Dusan Tadic. I explained the reason. “They could not have hoped for any more“, Keown told Match of the Day 3 at the weekend. “With that amount of passes, you control the game“.
“But I liked the way we did it because we controlled the game for 30 minutes of the second half“.
“He is always running in behind and that I like also. I was very pleased and of course it is confirmation of our philosophy”. “When you have the ball then the opponent can not score“. But past year we were close enough to be the champions.
“Anthony Martial is already special because we paid a lot of money for him”.
“He has the talent for it, that I have said, but when you are 19 years old you can not expect consistency”. In three matches, he has shown his talent and that he is at a high level.