Martial mature beyond his age, says Sagnol

The 19-year-old joined the Premier League giants for a fee that could reach £58 million from Monaco in the summer and has now been praised by his former manager

Willy Sagnol believes that Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is mature beyond his age.

The curreent Bordeaux manager worked with the 19-year-old during his time as France Under-21 coach, handing the former Monaco starlet his debut at the tender age of 17.

Sagnol received some criticism at the time about his decision to field the inexperienced striker, but has now expressed his delight that his gamble is paying off, with Martial having scored three goals in two Premier League games in 2015-16.

“It is easy to say now: ‘Hey guys, I already said that Martial was a phenomenon two years ago’,” Sagnol told France Football.

“But the fact is that I played him at the U-21 team when he was only 17 and played in the CFA with Monaco’s reserves.

“Some people told me I was crazy at the time, but he was a kid I really liked, quiet and humble.

“But once you scratch the surface, he is actually mature beyond his age.”

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