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‘Martial is a world-class talent’, says Van Persie

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Robin van Persie believes Anthony Martial was the ‘outstanding player’ in Manchester United’s Europa League win and is ‘a joy to watch’.

Bruno Fernandes may have scored the match-winning penalty in Cologne, but Martial was arguably Manchester United’s most impressive player against Copenhagen.

The 24-year-old’s influence grew as the match progressed. He forced an excellent save from Karl-Johan Johnsson and nearly scored a late winner. Most importantly, though, he won the penalty in extra-time that led to United’s winner.

Therefore, Van Persie hailed Martial as the standout performer of United’s narrow 1-0 victory over Danish side Copenhagen.

“The outstanding player for me tonight was Martial,” said the ex-Red Devils striker on BT Sport, as quoted on Metro.

“When he switches it on he’s just too fast, too silky and wow, what a player!

“He is such a joy to watch. It’s like he’s having a kick-about in his own garden.

“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 from 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.”

Martial, who has managed 23 goals and 12 assists in 47 games across all competitions, will hope to extend his tally in United’s semi-final clash in the Europa League.

The 20-time English champions could have face either Wolves or Sevilla in the last-four.