Manchester United attacker can be the best in the world, claims Matic

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has praised teammate Anthony Martial for his work rate and believes the Frenchman can become one of the greatest strikers in the world

The French has taken his tally to 16 league goals for the season after scoring yet again in our draw with Southampton.

The 24-year-old is developing a formidable attacking triumvirate alongside Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, which has helped United extend our unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions.

Matic has been thoroughly impressed with Martial and has backed him to become one of the best strikers in the world.

“A good game for one football player doesn’t come [just] like that. It’s hard work,” Matic told Stats Perform News.

“Anthony, in the last year or year-and-a-half, I have seen him working a lot, trying to improve in every part of the game.

“Of course, then on the pitch that gives you more and you deserve it. Anthony is doing great. In training sessions, he is fighting for every ball, trying to help team-mates.

“Even when we don’t have the ball he’s trying to defend. He’s doing fantastic. I think that if he continues like this, he’ll be one of the best strikers or attacking players in the world.

“[He is] still young, still young I have to say, [there’s] still a lot to improve and time works for him, so he just needs to continue to work like this.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has echoed Matic’s feelings, praising Martial’s willingness to put the hard work in.

“I’ve been very pleased with Anthony,” said the Norwegian. “You can see his work rate, his foundation.

“There were some stats last season on our strikers, and he’s really taken up the challenge and answered the questions I asked of work rate. We have to start from the front with our pressing, and he’s really taken that on board.

“Marcus is still a young boy developing, too. All three of them can see a pass, can play a pass, they can score, they are physical, they can make runs and create chances for others. We are trying to develop them all of the time; this isn’t a one-day thing, or a ‘sometimes’ thing, this is about creating good habits.”