France boss Didier Deschamps insists Anthony Martial has made major improvements since joining Manchester United.
Martial, 24, has worked his way back into Deschamps’ plans after falling out of favour in recent years, with the forward failing to earn a place in France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad.
After scoring 23 goals in 48 appearances for United last term, he has since become a mainstay in his Les Bleus side again, starting their recent Nations League wins over Portugal and Croatia.
The former Monaco man has still only scored one goal in 19 appearances for his country, nevertheless, and is yet to truly find his shooting boots at international level.
But Deschamps is happy with Martial’s progress, opening up on the improvements he has made in recent years.
“He lacked in finishing – it seemed a little bit clumsy,” he told French media outlet TF1.
“But sincerely, having watched the moments again, it came down to small margins.
“He is part of the group of players who have not been here for a long period of time, but he has changed during this period, on the pitch and off of it.
“With years, he has also gained maturity. He is much more determined – he already had quality. Things are more concrete.
“I feel a bit unfortunate for him because he was not rewarded with a goal, but he is very promising.”
Martial has not hit the ground running for United this term, failing to score in his first four Premier League appearances of the season.
He was also sent off in their 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham at the start of October.
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Martial has scored 73 goals in 229 appearances for United since completing a £58million move from Monaco in 2015, with the first famously coming on his debut against arch-rivals Liverpool.
The France star got his hands on the FA Cup in his debut season at Old Trafford, before winning the League Cup and Europa League the following year.
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