‘Confused’ Neville: Martial either world-class or just ‘pretending’

Date published: Monday 9th December 2019 1:53

Gary Neville admits he remains undecided over Anthony Martial but the French striker deserves more time to show he can fulfil his ‘world-class’ potential.

Martial was on target during United’s Manchester derby victory on Saturday but the 24-year-old is yet to demonstrate any consistency in terms of form and fitness.

Jose Mourinho wanted rid of Martial last summer but the club refused to sell the attacker, instead replacing the manager four months in to the season.

Neville reckons that decision was the beginning of the end for Mourinho at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils legend told Sky Sports: “Martial, I think, Jose would have probably sold him or swapped him last season.

“I think the club dug their heels in, probably the start of their dispute of them between them in terms of overruling the manager.

“Myself, I’m confused as to whether he’s a world-class striker or whether he’s someone who is going to pretend to be something.

“You think he’s a fantastic player, great composure, cool, strong, can hold the ball up.

“And then other weeks you look at him… there’s definitely a persistence that needs to occur with Martial in the sense that he has to have his chance.

“Because the idea of selling him and then him coming back to bite you which he could do with his talent is something that you can’t risk.

“And that’s the reason why the club have kept him and now Ole is giving him his opportunity.

“You see things and you think it’s worth persisting with him because if he can, something clicks, and he gets that confidence, and he can be a 20-25 goalscoring striker.”

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