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Anthony Martial celebrating a goal at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial - Player of the Week

Anthony Martial - Player of the Week

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A new hero at Old Trafford!

Martial celebrating a goal against Southampton.Manchester Utd's new teenage striker, Anthony Martial, has got off to a flying start to life with the Premier League club. The 19-year-old has now scored four goals in his first four matches and could be the solution to Manchester Utd's scoring problems this season. Before Martial's arrival, the Red Devils had scored only three goals in their first four Premier League matches. They've now scored six in their last two! Martial scored his debut goal for Manchester Utd with his very first shot. He came on as a substitute against Liverpool, and a few minutes later went past a couple of Liverpool defenders and put a composed finish past the goalkeeper. A goal against Liverpool meant the striker became an instant hero. A week later, Martial started his first match for Man Utd and scored twice against Southampton. Both goals were good finishes and gave United a 3-2 away win. Martial scored again a few days later to make it 4 goals in 4 games. He came off the bench to score the final goal in a 3-0 win in the League Cup against Ipswich Town. Man Utd are now up to second place in the Premier League, and with their new striker scoring goals, maybe United will have the firepower to win the title this season.

"Anthony Martial is already special because we paid a lot of money for him. A lot of people are thinking he is a great star but he is a boy of 19."  Manchester Utd manager, Louis van Gaal.

What do we know about Anthony Martial?

Martial scoring against Liverpool.Anthony Martial was born on 5 December 1995 in Massy, which is an area in the south of the French capital, Paris. He started his professional career with Lyon and made his debut in a Europa League game, a day after his 17th birthday. He played only two more matches for Lyon, before he moved to AS Monaco in the summer of 2013. He made 68 appearances for Monaco and scored 15 goals, but many of his appearances came as a substitute. On September 1st 2015, Martial made a sensational move to Manchester Utd and at the same time became the most expensive teenager in world football. The signing was a complete surprise to fans and journalists, and even Manchester Utd's captain, Wayne Rooney, who wasn't sure who the new striker was. Rooney had to ask Martial's international teammate, Man Utd midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, for information about the new teenage striker!

"It’s normal that Rooney doesn’t know who I am, I’ve only played a little in Ligue 1."  Anthony Martial.

Are there many teenagers in the Premier League?

Anthony Martial is a name to watch.When Anthony Martial signed for Manchester Utd he became the most expensive teenager in world football. Martial's transfer fee was £36 million but could rise to £58 million, depending on how well he performs. Martial is not the first teenage star of the Premier League however, Martial's teammate, Luke Shaw made his debut for Southampton when he was just 16, and cost Man Utd around £30 million in 2014. He was having a great season until he broke his leg a few weeks ago against PSV in the Champions League. Wayne Rooney was also a Premier League star as a teenager, he made his debut for Everton when he was just 16 and moved to Manchester Utd when he was only 19. Raheem Sterling is another player who made a name for himself at an early age. Sterling made his debut for Liverpool when he was 17 and made a multi-million pound move to Manchester City this summer.

Can you think of any other Premier League teenagers?

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Anthony Martial scoring at Old Trafford against Ipswich Town.

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Did you know......?

  • Anthony Martial became only the third player to score in his first two Premier League matches for Man Utd (the other two were Louis Saha and Federico Macheda).
  • Many people have compared Martial to Thierry Henry.
  • Martial is married to his childhood sweetheart and they have one daughter together.
  • Anthony Martial is Utd's third most expensive signing, after Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata.
  • He made his debut for France just 3 days after signing for Manchester Utd.
Anthony Martial scoring with his first shot in English football!

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Anthony Martial is already Manchester Utd's top scorer this season.

Can Martial be the Premier League's top scorer? 

Which other Premier League teenagers do you know?

Are there any disadvantages to being so successful as a teenager?

 

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Daris's picture
Daris
24/09/2015
ID
20
points

I think he can be a top scorer. We have seen how good he is. He always scored when he made a shoot on target. Every time he shoots he seems to score.
I don't know much about other teenagers but I'm sure there are many, but none of them as fantastic as Martial.
Yes, there is always an advantage such as raising of pressure too early.


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Daris
24/09/2015 16:40
Indonesia
Manchester United
20

I think he can be a top scorer. We have seen how good he is. He always scored when he made a shoot on target. Every time he shoots he seems to score.
I don't know much about other teenagers but I'm sure there are many, but none of them as fantastic as Martial.
Yes, there is always an advantage such as raising of pressure too early.

Rodes
25/09/2015
TN
1138
points

i think , Callum Wilson can be one of the best strikers in premier league ,he's old 23 years and have a big talent .


Rodes
25/09/2015 00:34
Tunisia
Manchester United
1138

i think , Callum Wilson can be one of the best strikers in premier league ,he's old 23 years and have a big talent .

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Rema
25/09/2015
RS
538
points

When Martial sign for Manchester Utd. on Transfer Deadline Day my brother tell me that the Utd's scouts and managers do great business. I doesn't belive him at this moment. Now I see that I was wrong. Martial is already great and certainly presents future of world football. His movement on the pitch I could compare with butterfly movements. I also agree with people who compared Martial to Thierry Henry.


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Rema
25/09/2015 19:13
Serbia
West Ham United
538

When Martial sign for Manchester Utd. on Transfer Deadline Day my brother tell me that the Utd's scouts and managers do great business. I doesn't belive him at this moment. Now I see that I was wrong. Martial is already great and certainly presents future of world football. His movement on the pitch I could compare with butterfly movements. I also agree with people who compared Martial to Thierry Henry.

Rema's picture
Rema
25/09/2015
RS
538
points

If any of successful teenagers, something similar with Martial, continued with hard work they certainly must success(in case to exception injury). But if they choose another wrong path, in that case I think that they doesn't fill expectation.


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Rema
25/09/2015 19:32
Serbia
West Ham United
538

If any of successful teenagers, something similar with Martial, continued with hard work they certainly must success(in case to exception injury). But if they choose another wrong path, in that case I think that they doesn't fill expectation.

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Rema
25/09/2015
RS
538
points

Do you mean first shot on goal when you say very first shot and what word very do in this phrase?
I followed the link for word appearance and I don't understand part of the following sentence: ''To all appearances ​their ​marriage is ​fine, but I ​think she gives him a ​bad ​time in ​private.''(akzent is on the part: ​bad ​time in ​private).


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Rema
25/09/2015 22:35
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Do you mean first shot on goal when you say very first shot and what word very do in this phrase?
I followed the link for word appearance and I don't understand part of the following sentence: ''To all appearances ​their ​marriage is ​fine, but I ​think she gives him a ​bad ​time in ​private.''(akzent is on the part: ​bad ​time in ​private).

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VerdMead96
26/09/2015
PL
146
points

I was very sceptical about Martial as well as you Rema, although I shouldn't have since I'm a Man Utd fan and my duty is to support and believe in every player who plays for my favourite club. But this was caused by the fact that I only saw this huge amount of money United paid for him, not his skills. Now he has scored 4 goals in 4 matches and he's already did more for the team than Falcao within the whole last season. His maturity on the pitch and composure when he scores a goal really impress me. Rooney in his current form can't even shoot on goal properly. If favorites for the PL Golden Boot like Diego Costa or Sergio Agüero don't start scoring regularly it is possible that Anthony may end up as Premier League top scorer. It would be a sensational thing since not many people believed that he would even acclimate to English football.


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VerdMead96
26/09/2015 15:06
Poland
Manchester United
146

I was very sceptical about Martial as well as you Rema, although I shouldn't have since I'm a Man Utd fan and my duty is to support and believe in every player who plays for my favourite club. But this was caused by the fact that I only saw this huge amount of money United paid for him, not his skills. Now he has scored 4 goals in 4 matches and he's already did more for the team than Falcao within the whole last season. His maturity on the pitch and composure when he scores a goal really impress me. Rooney in his current form can't even shoot on goal properly. If favorites for the PL Golden Boot like Diego Costa or Sergio Agüero don't start scoring regularly it is possible that Anthony may end up as Premier League top scorer. It would be a sensational thing since not many people believed that he would even acclimate to English football.

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VerdMead96
26/09/2015
PL
146
points

I know some other Premier League teenagers. Man Utd have James Wilson and Andreas Pereira, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy are sometimes given a chance to play in matches, in Liverpool we can watch Jordon Ibe and Joe Gomez who's only 17. West Ham's Reece Oxford is one of the youngest players to have made their debut in a PL match. And today I had the opportunity to watch Tottenham's Dele Alli who performed quite well. All of them are very talented and, like Rema wrote, if they continue with hard work then they are going to be an important part of their teams in the future. But there are some disadvantages to being so successful at such early age. For example young players sometimes start to believe too soon that they are the best in the World and deserve to play in every match and earn big money. I remember the situation of Ravel Morrison who had a huge potential but because of his bad behaviour and arrogancy Ferguson let him leave the club. Balotelli was also already succesful as a teenager but in Liverpool he preferred to be a celebrity rather than to help his team.


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VerdMead96
26/09/2015 17:55
Poland
Manchester United
146

I know some other Premier League teenagers. Man Utd have James Wilson and Andreas Pereira, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy are sometimes given a chance to play in matches, in Liverpool we can watch Jordon Ibe and Joe Gomez who's only 17. West Ham's Reece Oxford is one of the youngest players to have made their debut in a PL match. And today I had the opportunity to watch Tottenham's Dele Alli who performed quite well. All of them are very talented and, like Rema wrote, if they continue with hard work then they are going to be an important part of their teams in the future. But there are some disadvantages to being so successful at such early age. For example young players sometimes start to believe too soon that they are the best in the World and deserve to play in every match and earn big money. I remember the situation of Ravel Morrison who had a huge potential but because of his bad behaviour and arrogancy Ferguson let him leave the club. Balotelli was also already succesful as a teenager but in Liverpool he preferred to be a celebrity rather than to help his team.

Abdallah
26/09/2015
KW
1807
points

I don't think he will be the top scorer because he is still too young and his opponents are very strong. But I believe he can at the top scorers list.
I don't see any disadvantages to being successful as a teenager but it maybe happened if the young player be arrogant


Abdallah
26/09/2015 21:20
Kuwait
Chelsea
1807

I don't think he will be the top scorer because he is still too young and his opponents are very strong. But I believe he can at the top scorers list.
I don't see any disadvantages to being successful as a teenager but it maybe happened if the young player be arrogant

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Rema
27/09/2015
RS
538
points

Martial yesterday in a game against Sunderland assist to Rooney who scored goal after a long time.


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Rema
27/09/2015 11:26
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Martial yesterday in a game against Sunderland assist to Rooney who scored goal after a long time.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
27/09/2015
DZ
4837
points

No, Mahrez is top scorer.
Yes he can.
Shaw and Rooney and Sterling.
You can loose your head.


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elghoul
27/09/2015 13:18
Algeria
Arsenal
4837

No, Mahrez is top scorer.
Yes he can.
Shaw and Rooney and Sterling.
You can loose your head.

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manucian19
28/09/2015
VN
18
points

Can't believe he shares the same birthday as me! 5th of December - birthday of Anthony, the current Thai King and all other legends!


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manucian19
28/09/2015 04:47
Vietnam
Manchester United
18

Can't believe he shares the same birthday as me! 5th of December - birthday of Anthony, the current Thai King and all other legends!

Rema's picture
Rema
28/09/2015
RS
538
points

When I see Thai King I doesn't now who you talking about. I research a little bit and found that is Bhumibol Adulyadej- current king of Thailand. Interesting comparison with who you share your birthday.


Rema's picture
Rema
28/09/2015 09:05
Serbia
West Ham United
538

When I see Thai King I doesn't now who you talking about. I research a little bit and found that is Bhumibol Adulyadej- current king of Thailand. Interesting comparison with who you share your birthday.

Rodes
29/09/2015
TN
1138
points

martial is big talent in the world of football , he has the quality of good striker ..speed ,finish touch and confidence.


Rodes
29/09/2015 02:45
Tunisia
Manchester United
1138

martial is big talent in the world of football , he has the quality of good striker ..speed ,finish touch and confidence.

nminhkien
29/09/2015
VN
456
points

Martial made history when he moved to Manchester United. With his talent and his skills, he'll definitely have a bright future at the Opera of Dreams.


nminhkien
29/09/2015 15:41
Vietnam
Manchester United
456

Martial made history when he moved to Manchester United. With his talent and his skills, he'll definitely have a bright future at the Opera of Dreams.

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almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Hi everyone. We're you from?


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
24/10/2015 01:57
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Hi everyone. We're you from?

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
23/10/2015
BR
1315
points

VERY GOOD. He was espetacular, magnific.


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almirpereira
23/10/2015 16:23
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

VERY GOOD. He was espetacular, magnific.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
6882
points

He will be a top scorer I think. There is always a possibility that they can stop training so hard and begin with their nightlife.


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 16:25
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

He will be a top scorer I think. There is always a possibility that they can stop training so hard and begin with their nightlife.

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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015
RW
2320
points

He can't be a top scorer this season even he had a brilliant start.


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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015 16:18
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

He can't be a top scorer this season even he had a brilliant start.

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I would agree with Mugemanyi! He could be the top scorer of Man Utd, but not the Premier League this season.


nikosonris
23/11/2015 11:58
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I would agree with Mugemanyi! He could be the top scorer of Man Utd, but not the Premier League this season.

ulvirustemov
27/11/2015
AZ
47
points

I think he will be a rising star of Premier League in 2-3 years


ulvirustemov
27/11/2015 10:33
Azerbaijan
Arsenal
47

I think he will be a rising star of Premier League in 2-3 years

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aragorn1986
06/12/2015
ME
6882
points

Martial is a good player for the last few years. He just exploded in Monaco. I don't think that he could become a top scorer but he's definitely a good player.


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aragorn1986
06/12/2015 15:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Martial is a good player for the last few years. He just exploded in Monaco. I don't think that he could become a top scorer but he's definitely a good player.

assemjuve
11/01/2016
PS
3433
points

I think he is not going to be the top scorer,it is great to be successful when you are teenager.


assemjuve
11/01/2016 15:24
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think he is not going to be the top scorer,it is great to be successful when you are teenager.

Shakhtar_FC
26/01/2016
UA
25
points

I think that Martial is a new world star, but now Van Gaal isnt useful use his player. In my opinion. Anthony should play spearhead like Rooney. but Van Gaal use him as winger. I dont agree with him


Shakhtar_FC
26/01/2016 23:31
Ukraine
Manchester United
25

I think that Martial is a new world star, but now Van Gaal isnt useful use his player. In my opinion. Anthony should play spearhead like Rooney. but Van Gaal use him as winger. I dont agree with him

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HakanUslu1881
10/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I am not sure.
Yes,There are,one of them,when you are succesfull at young age,people who are football fans raise their expectations from him.


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HakanUslu1881
10/03/2016 14:36
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I am not sure.
Yes,There are,one of them,when you are succesfull at young age,people who are football fans raise their expectations from him.

red devils
24/05/2016
VN
19
points

I think Martial is a skillful and talented player. I'm sure he'll get success with Man Utd.


red devils
24/05/2016 06:23
Vietnam
Manchester United
19

I think Martial is a skillful and talented player. I'm sure he'll get success with Man Utd.

englishman
20/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

it's good


englishman
20/06/2016 13:39
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

it's good

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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
6505
points

He wasn't the premier league's top scorer


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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 03:27
Ghana
Manchester United
6505

He wasn't the premier league's top scorer

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
6505
points

Marcus Rashford is another teenager in the premier league


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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 03:30
Ghana
Manchester United
6505

Marcus Rashford is another teenager in the premier league

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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
6505
points

I believe martial in a lot ways hasdelivered just what he was bought for.
His pace is agreat advantage on the field of play


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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 03:45
Ghana
Manchester United
6505

I believe martial in a lot ways hasdelivered just what he was bought for.
His pace is agreat advantage on the field of play

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
6505
points

The only disadvantage of being so successful as a teenager is the tendency of loosing ones focus.


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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 03:48
Ghana
Manchester United
6505

The only disadvantage of being so successful as a teenager is the tendency of loosing ones focus.

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