English Premiership

Liverpool legend sees room for improvement in Anthony Martial's game

Anthony Martial (Getty Images)
Anthony Martial (Getty Images)

Liverpool legend and football pundit Graeme Souness reckons Anthony Martial would reach greater heights if he followed Marcus Rashford's example at Manchester United.

Having initially impressed under Louis Van Gaal following his arrival from Monaco, the 24-year-old endured a topsy-turvy few years.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho was keen to sell the inconsistent forward as he urgently sought to find a replacement before he was sacked by the Red Devils hierarchy.  

But successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, put his faith in Martial and gave him the number nine shirt back at the start of the season.

The former Red Devils frontman has also helped the Frenchman fine-tune his work in front of goal as Wednesday's impressive treble against Sheffield United took his tally to 19 for the 2019/20 season.

Despite acknowledging that Martial played well against the Blades, Souness was still critical of his overall attitude to football.

"The third one (goal) was class," Souness told Sky Sports News.

"But we know he's class. He's got everything to be a top player if he could just have the same enthusiasm as Rashford the way he (conducts himself).

"There's no doubt Martial is a proper player but he seems to hide it, sometimes he doesn't seem interested, but he was tonight.

"Maybe the answer is for him to score early in every game he plays and stays interested."

- TEAMtalk media

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