Martial backed for United captaincy

Striker Anthony Martial is destined to one day captain Manchester United and France, according to the player's brother.

The news of the 19-year-old's big-money move from Monaco to Old Trafford surprised many in his homeland as well as in England, where the local press were critical of the fee paid for the relatively untested youngster.

However, Dorian Martial has moved to soothe any concerns over his brother's ability to handle the massive pressure that comes with a transfer to a club of United's stature.

He also cited two former Monaco players who went on to captain sides in the Premier League; Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry.

"Anthony has all the qualities needed to be Manchester United and France captain," Dorian told The Sun. "He has always been a natural leader in a team – he's been like that since he was six.

"My little brother isn't someone who will shout at all the players around him. He doesn't need to because he speaks with his incredible skills.

"Anthony is a talisman and has the ego and personality on the pitch to be a captain of Manchester United and even France.

"Of course, not right now – because he is just 19 – but definitely in the future. He comes from a club that has produced two France captains.

"Patrice Evra went on to be United skipper while Thierry Henry had the armband at Arsenal. It's in the DNA here because players are well educated. They're taught to be responsible but also respectful.

"The fee is a lot of money but Anthony will not worry. He doesn't know the meaning of the word 'Pressure.'"