Anthony Martial urged to have more confidence in his abilities by Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic

Anthony Martial urged to have more confidence in his abilities by Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic has urged in-form Manchester United forward Anthony Martial to have far greater confidence in his game.

The Serbian midfielder was in action alongside Martial as the Frenchman netted his fourth goal in his last three Premier League appearances in Man United’s 2-1 win against Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Martial also scored a double at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea the weekend before and looks at his very best at the moment. Matic, though, insists there is far more to be seen from Martial and has pleaded with his United teammate to have more confidence in his abilities.

Matic is one of United’s most senior players and one of manager Jose Mourinho’s most trusted. He revealed that both he and Mourinho have spoken to Martial about showing more confidence recently.

“Anthony is a great player and he needs to understand that. He needs more confidence,” Matic said, as per the Evening Standard.

“If I had his ability with the ball and I was as quick as him then I wouldn’t pass to anyone and I would score every game.

“To be serious, he does need more confidence and this comes with results. 

“The manager speaks with him about it. I have told him once.”

Matic hailed Martial as potentially being one of the Premier League’s best players. He can’t quite be compared to Eden Hazard or Mo Salah and similar figures yet, but Martial’s talent has been evident since he arrived at the club and scored 17 goals in his debut season as a teenager.

“He is still young and I think if he continues to score in the next games he will get that [confidence],” Matic continued.

“If he reaches his top level he can be one of the best players in the league for sure. 

“Sometimes I don’t think he understands how good he is. Sometimes he is quick, he is good with the ball, he can run. 

“He has everything that a Manchester United football player needs. Sometimes I don’t think he understands that.”

Martial’s form recently has been fantastic to see. He’s the club’s most exciting player currently but needs to sign a new contract quickly since his current deal expires in the summer.

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