Anthony Martial - Player of the Week
A new hero at Old Trafford!
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?
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?
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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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.
What do you think?
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?