Anthony Martial: Chris Smalling says he would 'hate to play' against in-form Manchester United team-mate

The 19-year-old has impressed since his big money move from Monaco

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Chris Smalling has praised his new Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial, saying he would not want to play against the £36m Frenchman.

The 19-year-old has been in scintillating form since his move from Monaco, scoring four goals in his six appearances for the club.

Ahead of United's match against Arsenal today, the defender Smalling said: “Playing against him in training you know the handful that he is. You can see what he does in games.

“He's probably the one forward I'd stick at the top of the list of who I wouldn't want to play against at the moment.

“We play 11 against 11 in training so I come up against him and other forwards. He's quick and has that skill.

“Anthony has added that injection of unpredictability up front where he can turn players and run at them.

“But people are surprised by how strong he is. He was up against two very physical defenders against Wolfsburg in the Champions League and obviously every week in the league. But he has more than handled himself.


“He's running into channels. Against Wolfsburg we knew they would make the pitch big with two wingers, so we knew if we slid it down the sides of their centre-backs, he has the beating of anybody.”

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