By Coral Barry

Anthony Martial is the quickest player in the Premier League, according to his team-mate Wayne Rooney.

Rooney was full of praise for the French teenage sensation, who arrived at Manchester United in the summer for a fee that could rise to a staggering £58million.

“I think he has been incredible, how he has come over to Manchester and started the way he has,” Rooney said.

“Let’s not forget he is still a very young lad as well. To come over with his young family and start the way he has, he deserves a lot of credit.

“You can see what a good player he is and he’ll be an important player for us from now until the end of the season. He is probably the quickest player in our team, if not the quickest in the league.”

Speaking to the Manchester United website, Rooney also spoke warmly of Chris Smalling, who has emerged as the team’s most important defender with a series of outstanding displays at the heart of the backline.

“He has been incredible and for me he is right up there in world football in terms of centre-halves,” Rooney observed.

Warm words: Wayne Rooney was full of praise for new team-mate Anthony Martial

Warm words: Wayne Rooney was full of praise for new team-mate Anthony Martial

“He is in the top three centre-halves in the world – I think he is that good. He is a great player and he is developing to become more of a leader of the back four. It is great to see for both United and England, and hopefully that can continue for him and he can help us to be successful.”