Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke believes that summer signing Anthony Martial is set for a bright future at Old Trafford after an impressive start in the Premier League. He moved to England from AS Monaco last summer and scored on his debut, after coming on as a substitute against Liverpool in September 2015.
Louis van Gaal allowed his compatriot Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez to leave the Red Devils in the summer, while Radamel Falcao's loan deal was not made permanent after a poor display in the 2014/15 season. The France international was the only striker to be added to the squad, and he alongside Wayne Rooney remain the two recognised strikers at Old Trafford.
Martial has already scored eight goals in all competitions, despite not featuring in the No 9 role in every fixture under the Dutchman. He came to the side under pressure and the 20-year-old has done a "tremendous" job at United in his first six months at the club, the former midfielder said.
In an exclusive interview with IBTimes UK, Yorke stated, "Martial is a young player and you can see the potential in him. In his first season, he has come to United under pressure, as they are already not doing great. But I think he has done a tremendous job so far."
"He is only going to get better and better as he understands the Premier League. He will improve once he understands the environment and what the club is about as well. I think in the future, he will be a real name and we want people to come alongside him and also follow Martial in the direction where he is heading and that is where the manager comes in and gets the players," he stressed.
Yorke played alongside Andy Cole under Sir Alex Ferguson. In the former's debut season, United went on to win the treble in 1999. When asked if Martial needs a new strike partner like he had with Cole, Yorke said. "I am not sure if that is possible at the moment, but we were very lucky that we were at the peak of our career at the same time [similar age], so we understood being in the Premier League and we just kind of blend in."