Man Utd: Solskjaer opens up on season so far
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Manchester United hero Gary Neville believes the club should keep Anthony Martial, but warned that the French striker needs to know he can’t afford to lose any consistency.
Martial had a solid game in the Manchester Derby on Sunday, producing a Man of the Match display in the 2-0 win.
United ended City’s 28-game unbeaten run with a stunning win at the Etihad, having made a lightning-fast start after Martial won a penalty in the first minute.
Bruno Fernandes tucked away the spot-kick, and United were happy to sit back and defend afterwards.
They doubled their lead just five minutes into the second half after Luke Shaw drove the ball forward before drilling home after a one-two with Marcus Rashford.
United had other chances to put the game out of sight, but failed to take any of them.
Regardless, Martial was named by Neville as the Man of the Match, as the club icon waded into the debate about United’s centre-forward dilemma.
The Red Devils have been tipped to bring in a new number nine this summer and move Martial either to the wing or use him from the bench.
But Neville expressed that if Martial keeps playing like he did on Sunday he must be kept.
The former defender told Sky Sports: “He’s played well Martial. This Martial you don’t sell.
“This Martial you keep, he just has to produce it consistently.”
Neville wasn’t the only former United player to praise Martial, as Paul Scholes also discussed his performance.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, Scholes echoed Neville’s thoughts about his consistency.
He said: “Today against Manchester City I thought they were excellent on the counter-attack.
“I thought Martial was really good as he (Solskjaer) said in the interview.
“He’s not scored today, he’s had a great opportunity to score, but the other things he did meant he was a real threat. He was working hard.
“He has quality, I really like him. I think he’s suffered the last 10 or so games with confidence more than anything.
“The lad has got real ability, he probably should’ve scored today when he had a great chance and the keeper saved.
“When you go to Manchester City that might be the only chance you get. Someone like Michael (Owen) they take it, they know. They understand ‘I’ve got to be ready, if I get that chance I’ll put it away’.
“I don’t think he’s got that streak in him.
“But if he does get that streak in him he’s a lad who will get you 25 to 30 goals a season.”
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