Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has cautioned fans not to expect too much from Anthony Martial in the wake of the French teenager’s goal-scoring debut against Liverpool today.
The 19-year-old came off as a substitute to score a wonder late goal that sealed United’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
However, van Gaal was quick to temper expectations of the £36 million striker, insisting that players of his age cannot be relied upon to deliver the goods in every game.
“It was a fantastic goal, I can’t deny that. But he’s still 19-years-old,” Van Gaal told a post-match press conference.
“He has to adapt to a new culture and has to adapt to the Premier League. It was the right moment for a manager to introduce him as Liverpool needed a goal so he had space to work in. His finish was fantastic.”
“It will give him a boost of course, but you still cannot expect a player of that age to have consistency. You cannot ask that. You can ask that from Schweinsteiger and Carrick, but not players at 19, 20, 21. He will have ups and downs.”
-Culled from Goal
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