Anthony Martial has been in incredible form this season, and the 22-year-old has even bagged in four goals in his last four games for Manchester United.
Martial’s form in recent weeks haven’t gone unnoticed, and even Jose Mourinho has hailed the winger for his performance in recent games.
Martial has broken into United’s first eleven and seems to be preferred ahead of Alexis Sanchez, but Gary Neville believes the winger still needs to work on his movement, and according to the former Manchester United right-back, Martial’s off the ball movement is his biggest problem.
“There’s never been a player for the last 10 years at Manchester United I’ve been confused by as much, in terms of what is he?” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show. “I can’t make my mind up, some weeks he’s brilliant, other weeks I’m not sure he’s a Manchester United player.
“What drives me crazy about him is his off the ball work, I’m not talking about his defending, forget his defending, what does he do going forward? ‘The best players I played against as a right-back were better off the ball than they were on it, sometimes. ‘Martial doesn’t get that, he doesn’t know when to run, where to be and where to run at the right time. ‘He hasn’t got any timing in his runs off the ball.
“What Martial tends to do is wait, wait, wait and stays wide [instead of running inside behind the full-back]. He needs to change that.
“The difference between him scoring 10-12 goals a season and 20 is that, the movement of the ball. It’s very rare he does it off the ball, that ‘hurt run’ that really damages people.
“He doesn’t know where to run, when to run, where to be, he doesn’t quite understand the game. ‘I looked at his physical stats and I got the shock of my life.
“That’s why [Didier] Deschamps and Jose don’t fancy you. Mane [runs] nearly 2km more, Hazard 1.5km more. Martial is well down on his physical stuff. The easiest thing to fix is those running stats. The easiest thing to fix is for him to understand how to make that run in between full-back and centre-back.
“Manchester United have to show patience with that lad. If you correct those running stats to above 10km and the runs behind the full-back, because he can finish, he’ll be on 20-25 goals a season.”