Smalling praise for Martial

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling believes the signing of Anthony Martial has given the club a massive boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Wolfsburg.

Martial has enjoyed an excellent start to his Red Devils career, scoring four goals in his first five matches, including an impressive solo effort on debut against bitter rivals Liverpool in a 3-1 victory.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Wolfsburg to Old Trafford, Smalling praised the teenager's direct play in the attacking third and believes his willingness to take risks will have a positive impact on United this season.

"If you could ask for a moment to announce yourself on the world stage, it would be in a massive game like Liverpool at home," Smalling told the club's official website.

"It was a great moment and a lot of people took notice of how well he dribbled at players, how direct he was and how he took his goal.

"That’s something we've needed this season. He continued his good form by scoring twice at Southampton and again against Ipswich, so he's enjoyed a great start to his United career.

"In that snippet against Liverpool, you get a real idea of how he is. He is one who is very direct, he is willing to take on players and he is willing to take on that risk.

"I think, in the final third, it is an area where you can take that risk because you can't take it at the back. He looks a very sharp player."