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Oma ketju Manchester Unitedin mielenkiintoisimmalle pelaajalle.


Senior Career

Olympique Lyon 2012–2013

AS Monaco 2013–2015

Manchester Utd 2015–




Anthony Martial to Manchester United: The Verdict
Eric Devin breaks down the repercussions of French teenager Anthony Martial’s move to Manchester United.
Anthony Martial has become potentially the world’s fifth-most expensive player ever, completing a move from Monaco to Manchester United for a fee that has been estimated at anywhere between €50m and €80m.
While British and French journalists differ on the price of the move, there is certainly a consensus from both sides of the channel as to the youngster’s immense potential.
Having received his first ever call-up to France’s senior squad just last weekend, and given a second opportunity to play in the Champions’ League with Manchester United, on a very superficial level, it seems that the move could not be better for the former Lyon player.
But is that really the case? No matter a player’s talent or potential, no transfer is a sure thing, as even the world’s best players sometimes struggle to acclimatise to a new set of surroundings.
Edinson Cavani, Roberto Soldado and Robert Lewandowski are three prime examples of players who failed to meet expectations after high-profile moves, and this after consistently excellent performances at a high level.
Martial, as opposed to these “veterans”, is even less proven, not even becoming a starter until the second half of the Ligue 1 season.
Despite its potential pitfalls, the move certainly has massive potential for dividends for Manchester United, whose sale of Javier Hernández to Bayer Leverkusen should be read as statement of intent as to their belief in Martial’s prospects, not for the future, but for the present.
With that in mind, today we will take you through how the move could potentially affect all five parties involved.
Will this move affect his chances for Les Bleus?
As previously mentioned, Martial is relatively unproven, and this deal is built solely on potential. He is obviously talented, but much of what he has achieved comes with some caveats.
Yes, he recently received his first senior call-up, but had both of Alexandre Lacazette and Paul-Georges Ntep been fit, that likely would not have been the case.
An accomplished goal-scorer at youth international levels, Martial had not even been a regular starter for the U-21 team, competing with the likes of Sebastian Haller and Yassine Benzia.
He even, due to lack of game time at Monaco, failed to be called up for a pair of friendlies against England and Italy in November. Despite promising performances at U-19 and U-17 level, Didier Deschamps still firmly sees Martial as one for the future – not necessarily as a player that France could use now, despite earning a call-up to the latest squad.
Martial received his first call up for Les Bleus last week, but as mentioned earlier, that was really more down to the combination of these next matches being friendlies and to Lacazette and Ntep being misses through injury.
Martial at this point is not really a factor in Didier Deschamps’ plans, and barring an amazing season with United, that looks unlikely to change. However, if both of the above two struggle to find form, or should another striker suffer a serious injury, Martial may just have his chance, and the team will be all the better for this move.
Playing on a weekly basis against tough, physical defences, Martial will be forced to learn to adapt his game, developing new facets to allow him to succeed via technique and guile rather than relying on instinct and pace.
If France continue to use the 4-3-3 formation, Martial makes the perfect impact substitute; after being bullied by Olivier Giroud or chasing Karim Benzema, the sight of a young, quick player coming on with 15-20 minutes left will surely send shivers down the spine of many a potential opponent.
Too, given Giroud’s more static style, the team would also be forced to make less of an adjustment in introducing Martial for Benzema, rather than the Arsenal player.
Even if Martial is not a rousing success immediately at his new club, the higher level of competition will improve his play, and give Deschamps a formidable weapon off the bench come next summer.
What should the Premier League expect from Anthony Martial?
He did after all go on a tremendous scoring run in the latter stages of last season, scoring eight goals in nine matches as Monaco caught up with, and then flew past, Marseille for third place and its attendant Champions’ League berth. But what was the calibre of opposition that he was facing during this goal-glut?
In that run, Martial scored against Lens, Toulouse, Bastia, Caen, Evian, Reims and Saint-Etienne, not exactly a murderers’ row of opponents, perhaps Les Verts being the exception here.
This is not to say that Martial is solely a flat-track bully, but that against the likes of Lyon, Marseille, and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as against Juventus in the Champions’ League, Martial has been somewhat less than impressive, his equaliser against the champions early in the season his sole goal against those four sides.
Particularly against Juventus, it was apparent how Martial, his first touch deserting him, could struggle to have any joy against a physical, well-organized back line.
With most Premier League sides being physically imposing at the back, the worry here is that Martial, despite it being likely that he will be given opportunities to start, will struggle against the better defenders in the English top flight. This could sap his confidence, and be detrimental to his overall development.
That said, Martial’s early career numbers are eerily similar to those of another certain Frenchman, one who was also converted from a wide player to a striker during the season in which he turned 19: Thierry Henry.
Much has been made of the comparison, especially given the staggering goal totals that Henry recorded during his time at Arsenal, despite its hyperbolic nature, there is admittedly something to it.
Henry is a bit more physical and a few inches taller than Martial, and was never the type of speed merchant that the younger player is, but both have displayed similar creative abilities and instinctive finishing.
Whatever Martial’s potential, he has up until this point displayed a remarkable maturity during his admittedly short career, even in the face of adversity.
If he can show the intelligence to adapt his game to the Premier League, and it looks as if he will be given every chance, he has the ability to become one of the very best, playing week in and week out against tough competition.
It will be a strong test, but if Martial can come good under these circumstances, that Henry comparison may not seem so far-fetched in two or three years’ time.
How Monaco & Manchester United will have to adapt after Anthony Martial’s transfer
Eric Devin looks at how the departure of Anthony Martial from AS Monaco and the arrival of the player at Manchester United will cause changes in personnel and tactics at both clubs.
Given the fee, even at its lowest estimate, Monaco had no choice but to sell Martial, netting a stunning profit in just two years’ time.
Even if he does succeed at the very highest level, his talent always meant that he would have soon departed anyway, given the club’s lack of ambition with regards to retaining their best players. Or, at least ambition on the scale of Manchester United.
Monaco will simply continue to churn through young talent in Martial’s wake, the struggles of France’s other top clubs aside from Paris Saint-Germain once again giving them a fairly robust opportunity to finish in the top three again.
Even with that being the case, however, his departure has left the team in the lurch more than a bit.
Martial’s pace and one-touching finishing made him perfectly suited to spearhead Leonardo Jardim’s counter-attacking 4-3-3, and the other major summer arrivals (Ivan Cavaleiro, Adama Traoré, Rony Lopes, Thomas Lemar, Fábio Coentrão, Stephan El Shaarawy) seemed also to be in that mold, as all are fleet of foot, with many able to operate in multiple positions. Yet none of these, with the possible exception of El Shaararwy, have the ability to act as a centre forward.
In terms of proper forwards, Guido Carillo was brought in from Estudiantes, where he had a decent, but not impressive goal-scoring record. Lacina Traoré remains with the team as well, but the towering Ivorian has always been a bit of an enigma, having struggled with injury since his arrival from Russian side Anzhi two years ago.
Neither, however, have the mobility and energy to get the best out of Monaco’s wide players, as their rather static presences will likely crowd the area for wingers cutting inside and the likes of a Lemar or Adama Traoré running upfield with the ball at their feet.
Unless Jardim intends to rely on El Shaarawy playing as more of a false nine, there will be some necessary tactical tweaks forthcoming. As an aside, given El Shaarawy’s past goal-scoring exploits, while it does seem tempting to play him in that role, given the Italian’s injury history and the fact that his best scoring came while used wide on the left, there are too many potential stumbling blocks.
Monaco’s best approach is to play something that’s closer to a 4-2-3-1, something that will rob them of the ability to play on the counter as finely as they did last year, but will still allow the team to be fairly dynamic.
With Adama Traoré using his dribbling ability to get forward as one of the two central midfielders, with João Moutinho or Thomas Lemar ahead of him and Cavaleiro and Bernardo Silva operating in wide areas, the team would thus have template that would allow for maximum rotation, as El Shaarawy and Nabil Dirar could readily be deputies for the wingers. Mario Pasalic showed in the Champions’ league that he has a nose for goal, allowing Jardim to rest Traore as well.
With two players for every position, the club would thus be able to balance its European and domestic commitments without overtaxing their young squad. Admittedly, the club’s diminished ability to play on the counter means it is less able to grapple with the very top clubs, but that’s not likely to be much of an issue in the Europa League.
Thus, despite not returning to the Champions’ League, and losing one of last season’s top scorers, there are still more than enough goals at Monaco (especially when compared to the rest of Ligue 1) to allow the club to move on from Martial’s departure without being dramatically affected.
But what about Manchester United?
While Monaco, admittedly with some help from their fellow European contenders’ profligacy, will likely carry on the same trajectory without Martial, his new club will need similar subtle shifts in tactics.
Wayne Rooney has demonstrated thus far that given the number of matches he has played over the past fifteen-odd years, he no longer has the pace and energy to be a number nine. While he remains a fine player capable of scoring goals, battling hulking centre backs on a weekly basis is a sublimation of his talent.
With Martial leading the line, Rooney can act as a second striker/playmaker, much as he did with Dimitar Berbatov a few years ago.
Rather than the languid Bulgarian, though, the pace and energy of Memphis Depay on the left and Martial ahead of him will allow Rooney more space on the ball, making pace on his part less of a necessity.
The right wing role is still somewhat of a question mark, but Juan Mata appears ready to shoulder the burden there, at least until a more suitable option can be found.
With Rooney occupying the centre of the park and Depay and Martial buzzing around him, Manchester United can be a much more dangerous proposition going forward with Martial in the side, whether he is scoring himself or opening up space for the midfield three.




The message that Anthony Martial’s departure sends out about Ligue 1
Eric Devin assesses the impact on Ligue 1 of Anthony Martial’s big money move from AS Monaco to Manchester United.
Finally, what is the affect of Martial’s move on the league as a whole? This can be looked at in a number of ways, but the two of primary importance are: 1) how it is (or isn’t) emblematic of what seems a one-way flow of talent out of Ligue 1 and what the effect of said flow is on the league internally and 2) how it affects the division with regard to Europe as a whole.
For the first, the transfer fee paid for Martial is far from historic in terms of French sides. In the past decade, Michael Essien, Karim Benzema and James Rodríguez have all departed Ligue 1 clubs for eye-watering fees relative to their accomplishments to date and youth.
There is no way Monaco could have refused the money, and they were right to sell Martial, especially given their elimination from the Champions’ League.
However, what is more instructive in the effect of the transfer on the league as a whole is the difference between the departure of Martial to England and similar moves for other clubs.
The fee commanded for Martial (and Geoffrey Kondogbia, Layvin Kurzawa, Aymen Abdennour and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco for that matter) dwarfed any other fee received in the league, Giannelli Imbula’s €20M move to Porto being the highest fee commanded by a club aside from Monaco.
Monaco then in turn used this money to buy a massive number of players, most of them on the young side, to replace their departed stars. In came Adama Traoré, Thomas Lemar, Corentin Jean, Allan Saint-Maximin and Fares Bahlouli, all of them from fellow French sides. Sure, there were a host of other arrivals, but each of these acquisitions from within the division has, in turn, a knock-on effect.
Let’s use Lille as an example. Over the summer, they sold Traoré, Simon Kjær and Idrissa Gueye, all players who had been integral to the team’s success. Traoré is still young and developing, but had shown considerable talent when used, while Kjær and Gueye were automatic selections in last year’s first eleven.
The sales of the trio netted Les Dogues  a not inconsiderable sum, something in the neighbourhood of €30M. It would seem, given that Lille are perpetually in or challenging for the European places in France, easy enough to bring in replacements for the three, as €30M should net some very talented players, even if spread among four or five players rather than the departed three.
However, because of the rules in France surrounding financial solidity, strictly enforced by the league’s DNCG, not all of that money can be re-invested directly into transfer fees.
If the club had operated at a loss, any money gained by selling players would first have to be applied towards outstanding debt, at least in part, before being re-invested. Lille’s new stadium, for example, while largely funded by the city government, is partially funded by an annual €7.5M contribution from the club.
Add to this the cost of improvements to training facilities and the cost of re-negotiating current contracts, and what had seemed a fairly large sum begins to look less impressive.
While Gueye and Kjær were fairly established players and likely on relatively high wages, Traoré’s youth meant that he wasn’t on comparable money. Thus, some additional part of that €30M figure would go towards the salaries of new players.
Eric Bautheac, for example, was a relative snip at €2.4M, but he surely required a pay raise to be enticed to the north away from the Riviera, especially as the club could not offer guaranteed European football, but merely a slightly higher standard.
Thus, aside from Bautheac and a few older players who arrived on free transfers, (Renato Civelli, Mounir Obbaddi) the club were restricted in both the wages that they could offer and the transfer fees which they could afford. Lille brought in a raft of intriguing talent, including Lenny Nangis, Sehrou Guirassy and Yassine Benzia, all French youth internationals.
However, because of the combination of transfer fees and wages that would be necessary to attract a ready-made replacement for the likes of Gueye, there is little alternative for most clubs aside from the very top.
Even Marseille, with its vociferous home support and proud traditions, was unable to operate as it would’ve liked, forced to make do with a patchwork of loan deals and youngsters, ending the summer window in a most unsatisfactory manner.
The knock-on effect for clubs lower down the ladder is even more pronounced, obviously. How do Nice replace a Jordan Amavi, or Nantes a Jordan Veretout, lacking any real shot at European football and with limited means?
Occasionally a club like these can rise up, if circumstances conspire just so and achieve some modicum of success, as Montpellier did in winning the title in 2012, but those occasions are far and few between, especially with Paris Saint-Germain in the picture.
Thus, unless a club is, like a Monaco or a Lyon able to consistently turn over players for high-dollar amounts, they have little option but to scratch for bargains among young players or lesser European leagues.
Monaco aren’t guilty of anything by selling Martial, but what the money they received for him represents for the rest of the league and both its competitivebalance and its continuity is a vexing issue nonetheless.
Tied into this is how these sorts of moves affect French clubs’ ability to compete in Europe. UEFA’s coefficient system is both byzantine and bizarrely applied, and through its machinations, the recent past has not been kind to French clubs.
Through the 2000s, with Lyon a consistent force in Europe, along with Marseille and Monaco, France generally had three solid teams to offer the Champions’ League, and were consistently among the top four or five leagues in Europe.
However, with UEFA creating the Europa League, things have changed dramatically, with the club firmly ensconced in sixth, Portugal having passed them up in recent years on the back of Europa League success from Porto and Benfica.
Given that squad depth isn’t a strength of most French teams and also given that for every club, maintaining or improving upon one’s league position from year to year is the primary objective, perhaps outside of the lucre of the Champions’ League, UEFA’s second-tier competition has taken a necessary back-seat for most French clubs.
Sure, Lyon reached the quarterfinals two seasons ago, and Bordeaux also had a bit of success as well, but on the whole, a result like Les Gones  going out to the seventh-placed side from Romania was much more the status quo.
With the aforementioned financial restrictions in place, and needing a place to develop these youngsters, clubs from the upper half of the table in France will often use the Europa League to give them experience, with predictably disastrous results.
How does the sale of Martial affect this, you might be asking? Well, with clubs such as a Saint-Etienne or a Bordeaux forced to sell key players (Max-Alain Gradel, Mariano, Franck Tabanou) on the back of successful seasons, that aforementioned knock-on effect rears its ugly head.
Even as both Christophe Galtier and Willy Sagnol appear to be taking this year’s competition fairly seriously, the struggles of both in the league may force them to reconsider, sending squads of back-ups and youngsters out on Thursday nights.
Indeed, it wouldn’t be inconceivable to see only Monaco advance from the group stages, giving further opportunity to the likes of Ukraine or Russia to pass up Ligue 1 in UEFA’s association rankings.
Were that to happen, the league would lose its third Champions’ League spot, and with it a significant potential source of income that -isn’t- derived from selling players. Again, Monaco certainly made the right decision with Martial, given the fee, but the potential ramifications in France reach much further than the Stade Louis II.
STATS VIEW: An Assessment of Anthony Martial’s 2014/2015
Mohamed Mohamed crunches the numbers to evaluate Anthony Martial’s last season with AS Monaco.
It is funny to think about it now but if a couple of things had played out differently, Olympique Lyonnais could currently have the attacking trio of Anthony Martial, Nabil Fékir and Alexandre Lacazette to hang their hat on.
For a club like Lyon and where they are economically, this would have been seen as further evidence for the success of their recent policy of emphasising on youth, to have their front three all coming from the academy system.
It has been very impressive to see how quickly Anthony Martial has grown over the past couple of years. He was sold for €5 million in the summer of 2013 in an effort for Lyon to balance the books, offloading some of their veteran talent.
Even then, it was a pretty high price tag for a player who only had a few sub appearances on his résumé at the time. This was the heyday of Lyon’s financial ruins when their gamble for overpaying established talent in the hope of a Champions League trophy did not work out as planned, and players like Anthony Martial were caught in the crosshairs.
Monaco went on to reap the rewards of that purchase as Martial as he steadily blossomed into a potential star striker for them, before becoming the most expensive Frenchman of all time by sealing a move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
Martial in previous years was more deployed as a winger on either side but last season got the chance to play as a central forward in a remade Monaco side that salvaged what once looked like a lost season.
He is following the playbook previously set by the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and most famously Thierry Henry; one time wingers who found massive success playing centrally.
Leonardo Jardim eventually found a efficient counter attacking scheme that revolved around the pace of Martial and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, and the intelligence of Bernardo Silva.
It was there that the years during which Martial had previously played as a winger paid dividends as Monaco found a nice offensive rhythm with that front three in place. For a 19 year old, Martial is already strong upper body wise and his dribbling abilities mean that he can be a handful to dispossess, especially on the counter attack.
Martial’s passing abilities are fairly ordinary but since he has now been playing the majority of his time as a CF, that is not so much of a hindrance now.
One way to illustrate the season Martial had last year is via something called radar charts. Ted Knutson & Co. over at StatsBomb helped create public Radars for people to use. The basic premise is this: the more area covered in the radar, the more statistical production that player is generating.
Once the stat(s) in question hits the max boundary, it is now in the top 5% in the big five European leagues. For example, if a player has a non penalty goal (NPG) rate of 0.6, that would be among the top 5% in the five major European leagues.
I altered the radar and added two stats to it: wCC+ and Usage%. Usage% is the percentage of touches/possessions that a forward has used compared to the team’s total output. wCC+ is an acronym for Weighted Chance Created Plus. It’s a take on from the baseball version Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+).
Just like baseball, it’s a barometer used to see how well a player is contributing to a teams’ attack during the season.
100 is normalised as the league average. So if a player has a wCC+ of 112, he has contributed 12% more offensively than a league average player would at that same position.
Anthony Martial’s radar can be seen above.
For regular Ligue 1 viewers, the makeup of this radar would not shock anyone. Martial is a very direct player who has the ball at his feet a lot, as evidence by his fairly high usage%.
At a very young age he is already displaying an ability to get his shots on target. 42 of Martial’s 51 shots last season were inside the penalty area.
Even though his wCC+ (contribution to a team’s attack) is around 15% below the normalised league average for attacking players, there are reasons why this should not concern the Red Devils.
For one, last season was Martial’s first real campaign in Ligue 1 as a regular starter. 18-19 year olds in a rather defensive league like Ligue 1 are not going to post spectacular wCC+ numbers.
Perhaps the largest reason to feel at ease as a Manchester United fan is that despite that figure, Monaco were not a prolific attacking team last season even though they finished tied for 5th in goals scored.
For long stretches last season, Monaco were an eyesore to watch going forward as there did not seem to have much of an attacking impetus at all.
That eventually went away as Monaco found their niche and started to find a rhythm in attack, but it was only towards the very latter stages of the season.
With the attacking talent in place around him at Monaco, Anthony Martial could have had a very good season for the principality.
His performance in the first leg versus Valencia served the world notice of just how good Martial can be in a couple of seasons, as he terrorized Valencia’s defense repeatedly.
Anthony Martial has a very bright future and could be France’s undisputed number one striker in a few years time.
He has been called up to the senior squad for the international friendly’s in September, a feather in the cap for him and his quick progression over the last 12 months. At just 19 years old, Anthony Martial has many years in front of him at a high level, at Manchester United and beyond.



LÄHDE 1: http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2015/anthony-martial-to-manchester-united-the-verdict/

LÄHDE 2: http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2015/how-monaco-manchester-united-will-have-to-adapt-after-anthony-martials-transfer/

LÄHDE 3: http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2015/the-message-that-anthony-martials-departure-sends-out-about-ligue-1/

LÄHDE 4: http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2015/stats-view-an-assessment-of-anthony-martials-20142015/

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Lähdettä tuolle artikkelille? Olisi kiva nähdä vastaavantyyppisiä tilastokaavioita muistakin pelaajista. Ja ei, en jaksa googlella alkaa kaivamaan koska lainaus ilman alkuperäislähdettä on plagiointia :).

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Lähdettä tuolle artikkelille? Olisi kiva nähdä vastaavantyyppisiä tilastokaavioita muistakin pelaajista. Ja ei, en jaksa googlella alkaa kaivamaan koska lainaus ilman alkuperäislähdettä on plagiointia :).

GFN on julkaissut kyseisen neliosaisen artikkelin. Hyvä seurattava esimerkiksi Twitterissä, jos muutenkin ranskalaiseen jalkapalloon vähääkään liittyvä kiinnostaa.

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Pientä esimakua tulevasta... poika ei ole pelannut minuuttiakaan Unitedin riveissä, ja jo nyt "knives are out"... 




Kyseinen roskalehti käyttää lähteenään raporttia, jonka on tehnyt CIES Football Observatory. http://www.football-observatory.com/IMG/pdf/wp117_eng.pdf


Martialin arvioitu hinta lienee lähellä oikeaa. Sen sijaan Schneiderlinista United maksoi näköjään €10.2m ylihintaa. Muitakin erikoisuuksia löytyy. CIES:n raportti määrittelee Sterlingin €95.1m arvoiseksi, eli City onnistui ryöstämään hänet €32.1m todellista markkina-arvoa halvemmalla. De Bruynen todellinen hinta puolestaan on €47.4m, joten City maksoi belgialaisesta €26.6m ylihintaa. Raportin mukaan Cuadrado on myöskin Reusia arvokkaampi pelaaja.  :rolleyes_ani:

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Nic Cagen reaktio kuvastaa tällä hetkellä aika täydellisesti omia tunteitani ylläolevaan Mirrorin otsikointiin:



Paras mahdollinen tapa aloittaa United-ura? No tietysti maalata scousereiden verkkoon. Vielä hienommalta se maali tuntui, kun tietää, millaiset paineet Martialille oli kasattu ennen debyyttiään punaisessa paidassa. Tällä lädillä on pitkä matka vielä kuljettavana Valioliigassa, mutta alku ei voisi olla komeampi. 

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Englannista tullut jutta että ManUn tarjous Martialista ei ollut paras minkä Monaco sai, mutta hän halusi meille tulla.

Meiltä tulleet lisäbonarit Monacolle eivät myöskään näköjään haitanneet kauppojen syntymistä.



Monaco have revealed that a mystery club offered MORE than Manchester United for Anthony Martial this summer.

United completed the deadline day signing of Martial for £36million before add-ons, with many branding the French youngster as over-priced.

But Ligue 1 giants Monaco have now revealed that they received a bigger offer for his services from an unnamed top European club.

The same club also offered to loan back the player to Monaco for one season before he completed a permanent switch.

“But the boy wanted to go to Manchester, it was his dream. And we let him go with the bonus of 30m euros. Had it not been for so much money, he’d have stayed.”



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Ranskan Canal+ kertoi eräässä ohjelmassaan, että Chelsea tarjosi Martialista enemmän rahaa kuin United. Pelaajan halu siirtyä juuri Manchesteriin ratkaisi tilanteen kuitenkin Unitedin eduksi. Lähde on ilmeisen luotettava. 


Linkki Enquetes de Foot -ohjelman twiittiin:




Sama englanniksi: 


"According to our information, Chelsea had proposed more money than Manchester United for Anthony Martial but the player dreamed of the Red Devils."


Independent on myös uutisoinut asiasta: 



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Mitä ihmettä Louis? WTF???


Louis van Gaal admits he doesn't know Anthony Martial's best position as Manchester United fail to score again


"We don't know (Martial's best position) yet because he played always in Monaco as a left winger; as manager I have to see what is the best balance in the team."






Kaverista on hyvää vauhtia tulossa Manchester Unitedin paras keskushyökkääjä sitten Ruudin päivien, ja LVG peluutta poikaa laidalla. Jos joukkueen balanssista puhutaan, eiköhän parempi silloin olisi että 300k palkkaa nostava, pelistä toiseen surffaileva kapteeni pelaisi sitten laidalla ja selvästi paras hyökkääjä omalla pelipaikallaan. Eikös vain? 

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Pardewin kommentit lauantain pelin jälkeen:


Alan Pardew was reluctant to get too involved in the analysis of United’s current attacking concept, but in outlining how Crystal Palace set about their preparations for this game, he shone a fascinating light on the Rooney-Martial conundrum. Louis van Gaal continues to prefer the United captain up front, with the French teenager back in the position where he spent most of his apprenticeship in France after such an eventful opening salvo as the centrepiece of United’s frontline. But Pardew was clear about the danger Palace were most concerned about. “We didn’t give Martial an inch today,” assessed the Palace manager. “Not an inch. It was a big target for us to stop him and we felt if we could stop him, we could stop their creative angle. When you take into account his age, that’s some recommendation, by the way. Our analysis is much greater than it has ever been. Our information is much greater so to protect ourselves against the top players, we have greater awareness.


I have to say he is an impressive young player. I think he handled himself very well because he would have felt our presence around him and still he had moments in the game. The Man United manager will have to be very, very careful I think to keep his exuberance there because we were looking to stop him, I make no bones about that.” It all seemed to add to the case for Martial to be given more game time in the middle.

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Jopa P Neville sen tietää: 




Manchester United legend Phil Neville believes Anthony Martial could become one of the best strikers in world football and has described the summer signing as an “absolute bargain”.


The France international joined the Reds from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day and immediately enamoured himself to supporters by scoring the final goal in a 3-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.


Martial has since scored against Southampton (2), Ipswich Town and CSKA Moscow to take his personal tally to five goals in 13 appearances in all competitions. However, it is his all-round ability and excellent contribution to Louis van Gaal’s team that has impressed many observers and pundits.


Neville is currently a coach with Valencia and came across Martial when the La Liga contenders beat Monaco 4-3 in this season’s Champions League play-off round. Clearly impressed, the Treble-winner predicted great things for the player and has been pleased by his progress at Old Trafford so far.


"From the very first time I saw him early in the season, when we [Valencia] played Monaco in the Champions League qualifying rounds, he was someone who was devastating against us," Neville explains in a video posted on his personal Twitter account. "Every time he got the ball he made me nervous; he made our defenders nervous because he likes to turn and he likes to dribble.


"What I think he brings most to this Manchester United team is genuine speed and speed on the counter-attack, like we saw against Everton when they went to Goodison Park and won, as well as speed when United play a passing football style under Louis van Gaal.


"He has brought genuine speed to the team, he is strong and he is quick. People question the amount of money that van Gaal paid but I think United have got an absolute bargain and his style suits the Premier League. I think there is more to come. He is still young, he still learning and there is more to come from this striker, who I think could become one of the best in the world."





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