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Anthony Martial needs to be more consistent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
That is the view of 2010/11 Premier League Golden Boot winner Dimitar Berbatov, who has offered his thoughts on the comments of Paul Scholes regarding the France international forward.
Scholes said earlier this week that although he is a fan of United’s forward options of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Martial – none of them can play as an ‘actual' centre forward.
Berbatov has responded to the criticism of Martial in particular, and admitted that he is lacking in one area.
Speaking to Betfair , Berbatov said: “I saw some comments from Scholes and he was critical of Anthony Martial, and my opinion of Martial is well known now. He may never be the out and out number nine, he prefers to come in from the wing, doing his tricks, and drawing fouls.
“The only criticism is that he isn't as consistent as he could be. He isn't brilliant in every game, and until he is consistent, it is hard to describe him as world class.
“It's what separates the good players from the great ones. You look at Ronaldo and Messi, they scored lots of goals every season for 10 years.
“When you're at a big club, and you don't perform consistently, you will have critics. We must remember, Martial is playing with 10 men around him, so it isn't just him underperforming.
“It can be difficult for the type of player that Martial is to stand out when he isn't getting the support from around his team, and the poor team performance will make him look worse.”
After Scholes told Stadium Astro in a chat about United: “These forwards are exceptionally talented lads. We all know that. The problem with United's forwards is that none of them is an actual centre-forward.
“Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good. He's started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn't.
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"It's misleading. That's why I've kept saying we need a top-class No 9.”
Before adding of new signing Edinson Cavani: “Well, we'll have to wait and see won't we.
“Obviously in his day, he's been a top-quality centre forward. There's no doubt about that. But he's 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire. He's not played a lot of football for PSG last season.
“Five, six years ago, yeah he's a great signing, he'll take us onto that next level possibly. But I just don't think he'll take us to the next level now.”
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