Cantona wants Van Gaal stay: Martial needs him

Cantona, who turns 50 on May 24, told MUTV: "Martial is very mature for his age".

United raised plenty of eyebrows by signing Martial from Monaco in a deal which could eventually rise to €80million on deadline day in August.

Cantona sees comparisons between the Frenchman and former Brazil striker Ronaldo, and also hinted at a belief that Martial's career could follow the trajectory of another three-time World Player of the Year in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney did not know who Anthony Martial was when he joined Manchester United and had to google who the French teenager was.

But as grim as things have been at Old Trafford this year, Anthony Martial's emergence has been one bright point.

"I love Manchester, I love being here and certainly I see myself being here for a good while yet", the France global said.

Louis Van Gaal says he is only concerned with Manchester United winning the FA Cup, not the transition status of his club.

He said: "It was positive, it gave me lots of confidence, it helped me to settle in as a player as well, I drew a lot of confidence from scoring that goal". I think things have gone relatively well, but I still feel deep down I could have done better than I have done.

"He had the opportunity to win trophies but also Ferguson helped him to be the player he is today and I think [Martial] has been very clever to choose Manchester United".

In a lengthy interview with the Daily Mail ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, Martial revealed his response to the knowledge of Rooney's ignorance, saying "Well, he knows me now doesn't he!" If I was to become an icon I'd be very happy but you can't possibly say at this stage. "Scoring makes me happiest because it's what it's all about".

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

They go into the match as favourites but Alan Pardew's Eagles are no pushovers and United will need to put in a good performance if they want to make up for an otherwise lackluster season.

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