Neville predicts ‘mark’ Martial must hit for Man Utd title challenge

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Gary Neville claims Anthony Martial “needs to score 10 to 15 goals a season” if Man Utd have a chance of winning the Premier League title.

The Frenchman has so far contributed two Premier League goals this campaign as the Red Devils have moved level with Liverpool on 33 points at the top of the Premier League.

In comparison, Bruno Fernandes has scored 11 this term and Marcus Rashford has bagged seven, with Martial scoring another four in the League Cup and Champions League.

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On Martial’s low goalscoring record this season, Neville told Premier League Productions: “I was actually surprised by that stat [of Martial’s goal record this season], I didn’t know that stat before it was said in the interview.

“He’s someone that needs to score more goals, needs to score 10 to 15 goals a season, I think he needs to be up to that mark for United to have a chance of winning the league.

“He can’t just rely on a [Marcus] Rashford or a Fernandes to score the goals. He needs to be hitting those types of figures. I’d like to see him be more ruthless.”

Meanwhile, Man Utd now take a brief break from Premier League action as attention turns to the domestic cups. Watford arrive at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, but first comes a crunch Carabao Cup semi-final against rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.

“Perfect start (to 2021), three points so we have to look forward now to keep doing well,” Fernandes told club media.

“We have another competition to play and we want to be in the final, so now time to recover, take the energy back to us and try to win that game.”