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Anthony Martial lifts the lid on Louis van Gaal's coaching methods

Louis van Gaal's yelling apparently makes the Frenchman laugh.

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Manchester United's star striker Anthony Martial has been effusive in his praise of manager Louis van Gaal in an interview with French radio station RTL. In his interview, brought to us via Sky Sports, the 20-year-old revealed he laughs when subjected to the Dutchman's touchline abuse:

"If I misplace a pass or I take a poor touch, he [Van Gaal] is the first I hear who is screaming at me. It makes me laugh because I know it is for my own good. He wants me to be a perfectionist and I think it is like that that I will progress."

Martial attributed his fine start to life at Old Trafford to van Gaal's guidance:

"He has allowed me to progress enormously, he has also given me an enormous amount of confidence and I think it is thanks to this that I have succeeded with my start at Manchester United. He is a very good coach. In his nature he seems cold on the exterior but he is a very good coach. He is nice - when we win, he is happy."

But despite also acknowledging the impressive contribution of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, it's not all completely rosy:

"I prefer to play up front, but if the coach puts me on the wing then that means it is better for the team and for me that is the most important thing."

Well, indeed.