Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was delighted with the performance of young stars Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira, but warned that there is always room to improve despite their impressive showing against Ipswich Town in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday (23 September) night. The Red Devils put in a convincing performance to comfortably beat their opponents 3-0 and will host another Championship side in Middlesbrough in the fourth round at Old Trafford.
Martial has begun his United career in fine fashion and has scored four goals in as many games in all competitions. The young Frenchman joined from AS Monaco in the latter stages of the summer transfer window. The Dutch manager feels that he has had it easy in a couple of the games that he scored, but is confident that the striker will not be carried away with his sudden rise to fame.
"It is not so difficult because he [Martial] is a player who is very modest. He knows that he can score and he can score because of his fellow players. We made it for him two times very easy because we won the game and the gaps are existing. With his speed and composure, he can score. He did it against Liverpool and now again. We are happy but still we have to keep our feet on the ground," Van Gaal said, as quoted by United's official site.
Pereira, on the other hand, was making his first start for United, after impressing for the youth sides, and scored a sublime free-kick to double his team's lead. Van Gaal was impressed with the Brazilian's impact during the game, but made it clear that like other players, he has room for further improvement.
"We have to evaluate again. He had a big participation in that game because he shoots the free-kick in a fantastic way. He's been training on that. Like all the other players, there is space for improvement for Pereira," the Dutchman added.