Van Gaal compares Draxler to Martial

Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has singled out Julian Draxler as Wolfsburg’s main danger man ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter at Old Trafford.

Draxler joined Wolfsburg from Schalke on deadline day as the Bundesliga club looked to replace Kevin De Bruyne following his move to Manchester City and Van Gaal still remembers the 22-year-old from his time with Bayerrn Munich.

“Draxler was a very young talent when I was in charge of Bayern, so I know him,” Van Gaal said.

“He has to go on a long road like Martial, although it could be a little bit shorter because he has been playing longer on that level.

Wolfsburg was thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich last week as Robert Lewandowski netted five goals in nine minutes, but Van Gaal has warned Dieter Hecking’s men should not be underestimated.

“Of course I saw that game, but I also saw the first half and Wolfsburg were very strong. It is unbelievable that it happened in nine minutes,” the Dutchman added.

United was beaten 2-1 by PSV on matchday one of the Champions League, while Arsenal and Manchester City also slumped to defeat, with Chelsea beng the only English side to bag the full three points.

However, Van Gaal remains optimistic all four Premier League representatives can progress.

He said: “The Premier League is a very difficult league. To beat your opponent every week is not easy, it is always a struggle and a battle. Then you have to play again mid-week in the Champions League and that is the difference between all the clubs in Europe.

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