'Wow, what a player!' Robin van Persie raves over Man Utd star after Europa win
Former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie was full of praise for Anthony Martial after the Red Devils booked their place in the Europa League semi-finals.
A Bruno Fernandes goal in extra-time sent United through to the last four after the organised Danes shut Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side out during normal time.
United had 14 shots on target and hit the post on two further occasions, giving them a sense that it was to be one of those days.
However, the introduction of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic helped turned the tide and United will now face Sevilla or Wolves in the last four.
But it was the performance of Martial that sent tongues wagging and the Frenchman was desperately unlucky not to hit the back of the net at least once following a string of mazy runs.
Van Persie was full of praise for Martial after, describing the former Monaco ace as ‘world class’.
‘The outstanding player for me tonight was Martial,’ said van Persie.
‘When he switches it on he’s just too fast, too silky and wow, what a player!’
Van Persie later followed his comments up by lavishing more praise on the forward.
‘Martial, what a player he is. He is such a joy to watch. It’s like he’s having a kick-about in his own garden,’ continued the Dutchman.
‘What I like about Martial is he has an eye for his team-mates – he isn’t just playing for himself.
‘He always has an eye for his team-mates and that’s what sets him apart form very good players.
‘That’s why I think he’s world class. He can provide, he can give assists, he dribbles, he’s fast but he has great awareness of what’s around him’.
Paul Scholes has criticised Martial in the past for his attitude but the former United midfielder was full of praise for him after the win.
‘I like him, I’ve always liked him,’ said Scholes.
‘I thought is he a No.9 or is he a wide player? He’s turned himself into a no.9 with every game I watch more and more.
‘I think when he squares a player up and gets a run at him I think he’s unstoppable. I don’t see how you stop him.
‘He’s only started showing it lately. Now I think he’s brought the all-round game. He’s got everything, he can beat a man, he can score goals, he’s got everything you’d want in a centre-forward.’
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