Anthony Martial thanks Louis van Gaal for forcing him to discover joys outside of football

Describing it as an unexpected bonus of his first season in England, Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has thanked manager Louis van Gaal for forcing him to discover life’s joys outside of football.

The Dutch coach has been criticised by fans and media alike for what has been described as boring and slow paced football.

Martial, however, feels the criticism is harsh, and has credited van Gaal’s methods for helping him to find sources of excitement and joy off the pitch.

“I am very thankful to my manager. Under him I have grown into a more well rounded human overall. For example, I never realised how much fun clay pottery was,” said the former Monaco player, adding that until this season, he never realised how much life has to offer outside of football.

“If things had gone well this year I might never have discovered the magic of knitting or crochet. But I’ve evolved, thanks to the manager.”