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'Even if you don't see me smile, I'm still happy': Martial strife behind him but he wants more starts

The France international has made a big impact off the bench in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER UNITED ATTACKER Anthony Martial says he is happier at the club than he was last season, but still wants more playing time at Old Trafford. 

Martial endured a difficult second season with Man Utd in 2016-17, scoring just eight goals in all competitions after a stellar debut campaign the year prior. 

The 21-year-old has rebounded in 2017-18, scoring six goals and adding six assists in all competitions despite featuring largely in a substitute role as he battles Marcus Rashford for playing time.

Martial has scored all four of his Premier League goals this season off the bench, as he has made just three starts in the league this term. He has, however, started three of his four Champions League appearances so far this season. 

“It’s easier to start the game,” Martial told SFR Sport. 

“When you come off the bench, the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away.

“I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game.

“I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it’s up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I’ll play a bit more.”

Martial’s performances this season have earned him a recall to the France national team for their upcoming friendlies against Wales and Germany.

The striker is in line to earn his first cap since October 2016 during the international break and he admits he feels much happier in the current campaign. 

“I feel a lot better this season, and I hope I’m going to continue like that,” Martial said.

“If I’m with the squad, you’ll see I’m one of the first to have a laugh. But outside of that, I’m reserved, I don’t show my emotions too much.

“Even if you don’t see me smile, I’m still very happy.”

- Omni

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