France coach Didier Deschamps believes Anthony Martial has lived up to his hefty price tag at Manchester United. The 20-year-old striker joined the Red Devils in the summer and, despite the weight of expectation surrounding him, has been one of few bright sparks for United this season.
The youngster scored against Liverpool on his Premier League debut and has consistently been one of Louis van Gaal's top performers. Martial is set to go to Euro 2016 with France this summer and his international manager is thrilled with his progress, even though he admits there is room for further improvement.
"Anthony is young but he has confirmed his potential in Manchester despite the weight of the price of his transfer," Deschamps said about the United star, according to ESPN. "He has progressed, he plays a lot. He is young and he is not tired."
Martial is already a regular in the French national team, but Deschamps – who played for Chelsea in the Premier League – thinks he can still make considerable improvements in the coming years.
"He is doing very interesting things with speed and impact. Usually he plays on the left but he can play as centre-forward too," he said of Martial, who joined United from Monaco for a fee that could potentially rise to £57.6m ($82.2m).
"It's good, he continues to progress, he comes in regularly for the French national team [but] he has a lot of room for improvement."