Manchester United fans have opportunity to see Anthony Martial in action this Friday during France vs Portugal

£36m signing could play part in friendly

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Wayne Rooney may well be among those tuning in hoping to catch a glimpse of Anthony Martial's first game since becoming a Manchester United player.

The £36m deadline-day signing could play a part for the France national team when they take on Portugal this Friday.

The 19-year-old, who is yet to earn a senior cap, is the only new player in Didier Dechamps' squad and will likely be given a chance to show what he can do. However, his absence from France's training camp in Clairefontaine in order to complete his transfer to Manchester United may have hampered his preparations for the match.

Should he feature in Portugal, he will come up against Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in line to win his 121st cap.

It was revealed earlier this week that Manchester United captain Rooney had to ask French team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin who Martial was.

"It is normal that Wayne Rooney doesn't know me," Martial said yesterday when told about it.

"I have played a lot in Ligue 1 but I'm happy to go there, he is a big player and next to him I will improve my game a lot."

Martial has made just 29 senior starts in spells at Lyon and Monaco.

Portugal vs France kicks off at 7.45pm (BST)

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