France boss Didier Deschamps admits Anthony Martial’s form to Manchester United


France boss Didier Deschamps has admitted he has seen major improvement from Manchester United’s Anthony Martial in recent times. The United striker recently reinstated his name in the national team after a period of inconsistent club form, which meant he was not part of his country’s 2018 World Cup triumphant squad.

But after showing improved form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and winning United’s Player of the Year award last season, Martial has impressed Deschamps. The manager congratulated Martial after France’s 1-0 Nations League victory over Portugal on Sunday, which the 24-year-old started off and impressed, before being replaced by Olivier Giroud of Chelsea in the 78th minute.

“It lacked finishing – it seemed a bit awkward,” Deschamps told French media TF1 on Martial.

“But honestly, after reviewing the moments, it came down to small margins.

“He’s part of the group of players who haven’t been here for a long time, but he’s changed during this time, on and off the pitch.

United entered the international break by winning what was arguably their most important game of the season at Everton on Saturday.

The Reds under pressure came from behind to beat the Toffees thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ brace and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.

United have a two-week hiatus with many of their stars on international assignments – we’ll be keeping an eye on their performances and preparations for their next Premier League game against West Brom.

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“Over the years, it has also matured. He is much more determined – he already had quality. Things are more concrete.

“I feel a little unhappy for him because he was not rewarded with a goal [against Portugal] but it is very promising.

Martial hasn’t quite hit his stride for United this season, missing three Premier League games after receiving a red card in the disastrous 6-1 loss to Tottenham. But he has scored twice in the Champions League for Solskjaer’s side and is seen as a key player by the Norwegian, who gave Martial the No.9 role after selling Romelu Lukaku in the summer of 2019.


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