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Anthony Martial says he’s a striker but loves playing out wide

by Sam Peoples


Manchester United forward Anthony Martial believes he must improve as a striker despite being played on the wings by Louis van Gaal.

The 20-year-old has scored 12 goals in 38 games since his arrival at Old Trafford from AS Monaco at the start of the season.

He has developed into a key figure at Old Trafford and is one of the favourites for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Martial discussed his love for playing out wide but looked towards Cristiano Ronaldo as inspiration for how he can mould his game in the future.

“I am a striker but I love playing wide,” Martial said.

“The main thing is wherever I play I enjoy it and help the team.

“I must continue to work hard in training. I need to think more like a goalscorer, sometimes I get so immersed in the game because I love general play so much.

“Someone like Cristiano Ronaldo focuses on scoring to progress, so perhaps I need to think more about scoring.”

As far as role models go, Ronaldo isn’t a bad one for Martial to follow and I can see him following a very similar career path in terms of his position.

Like Martial, Ronaldo spent a lot of his youth out on the wing and moved into a more central role as he matured into a striker so he was more than comfortable playing across all front three positions and still is.

Anthony’s versatility is certainly one of his best assets and already at 20 he is extremely accomplished, so god knows how good he can be with a few more years experience and development under his belt.

In a dark season, Martial’s rise has been one shining light and heading into the Manchester derby this weekend, he’s the main player who fans will be turning towards to make some magic happen like he has on so many occasions already.

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