Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal has heaped praises on his youngster Anthony Martial following his good performance during their 3-1 victory over derby in FA Cup fourth round on Friday 29 January.
The French striker put in a superb performance which led to two assists that helped Manchester United move on to the Fifth round of the cup competition.
United skipper Wayne Rooney scored the opener from 20-yard curler but the score was levelled via a clinical finish from George Thorne.
The Old Trafford outfit pressed on in the second half which paid off as Daley Blind put his team back in front before Juan Mata sealed the victory with a clean finish via a tricky move from Martial down the left flank.
United Manager Louis Van Gaal was delighted with the youngster’s performance and is confident he will become the clubs favourite in the coming years.
United’s injury list forced Louis Van Gaal to use Youngsters in the fullback positions as his first choice positions were all out on injuries, but Cameron Borthwick-jackson and Guillermo Varela who filled in the gap put in a wonderful contribution in the game.
“He started not so good, I think, but I said that to him and after the first 20 minutes he came into the match and he was fabulous. I am very happy that he is a Manchester United player because I think he shall be a great player for Manchester United for a long time,” Van Gaal told MUTV following the 3-1 win at the Pride Park Stadium.
“It was unbelievable but he [Blind] sniffed the chance and that is why he can score. I also have to say that the youngsters did well too, so I cannot complain.”
The Red Devils have been on the down side of form and consistency in the past weeks. The bad form which led to their knockout from the Champions League group stages and has put enormous pressures on the Dutch Manager’s future at the club.
Van Gaal also denied rumours regarding his resignation offer and believes his team will bounce back from their bad form following their dominant victory against Derby in the FA Cup fourth round.
“We have won almost every game in 2016 — against Southampton we lost and that was because of the lack of confidence. We played at home and the fans were supporting us, so it [our performance] was a little bit ridiculous. But that’s how it was.”
“Now the confidence is back, we dared to play again and in spite of the pressure of Derby County in the second half we met that pressure, we created chances and we scored fantastic goals I have to say. The second and third were fantastic combinations and fantastic finishes as well,” the Dutch manager explained.