Anthony Martial has insisted the arrival of Edinson Cavani is “positive” for Manchester United, despite the new striker threatening his place in the side.
United completed a deadline day move for Uruguayan forward Cavani, who was a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the sumer. The 33-year-old made his United debut in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, which Martial sat out through suspension.
And Martial says he is focussing on his own form, as he prepares to return to United’s side for the Champions League game against RB Leipzig tomorrow (Wednesday) night. He believes Cavani can help him reach a higher and more consistent level.
“I still haven’t scored yet this season,” Martial told United Review.
“But I know that as and when I get off the mark with one, everything will be fine. So, it’s down to me to keep putting in a big effort in training and to then show everybody the real Anthony Martial.
On Cavani, the Frenchman said: “He’s a really great player, he’s proved exactly that all the way through his career, and I hope that he’ll manage to help us out.
“It’s always a positive to have even more quality within the group and as there are always a lot of fixtures to play, when one player is rested, it will allow us to ensure that there is no drop-off in quality whatsoever. That’s especially important for the team.”
Martial scored an own goal against PSG in United’s last Champions League outing and is ken for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to build on that statement victory in Europe.
“No, seriously, that kind of thing can happen to anybody,” he said on the own goal, before adding: “But the main thing was that we managed to score the winning goal right at the death, and that was more important to me.
“I was really happy because my brothers and a lot of my family are United fans but my mates all support Paris. They’d all told me that we were going to lose, and I’d told them that we wouldn’t. So when we went on to win I was overjoyed.
“It really does you good, especially when you’re talking about big games like these in the Champions League.”