Anthony Martial says Louis van Gaal’s screaming makes him laugh and has admitted the intensity of the game in England “scared” him when he first arrived at Manchester United.
The 20-year-old arrived at Old Trafford last summer on deadline day for a fee which could rise to €80million, but the France international has made a sizeable impression in his debut season.
Last month Van Gaal admitted he was surprised by the impact that Martial had made, although the striker believes he should have scored more goals than the 12 he has netted to date.
“I think I could have done better. There were some chances that I missed, but I think next year it will be much better,” Martial told RTL.
“At the beginning, I was scared because I had heard a lot about the intensity of the English game.
“But I realised during the matches that I was able to keep up, and I was really very happy about that because as a youngster I struggled to finish games – at the age of 17 they said I needed to work on my endurance.”
Martial also took time to praise under-fire boss Van Gaal, who is expected to be replaced by Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.
However, the France international insists he receives no preferential treatment from the Dutchman, despite his relative inexperience.
“If I misplace a pass or I take a poor touch, he [Van Gaal] is the first I hear who is screaming at me,” added Martial.
“It makes me laugh because I know it is for my own good. He wants me to be a perfectionist and I think it is like that that I will progress.
“He has allowed me to progress enormously, he has also given me an enormous amount of confidence and I think it is thanks to this that I have succeeded with my start at Manchester United.
“He is a very good coach. In his nature he seems cold on the exterior but he is a very good coach. He is nice – when we win, he is happy.”