Former Manchester United and Newcastle striker Andy Cole believes the out-of-form Anthony Martial must work on his positional and hold-up play if he is to turn his performances around.
The French forward has scored just once in his last six games and has faced criticism for his generally ineffective recent showings.
With United’s top scorer Marcus Rashford out injured for at least another few weeks there is more pressure on Martial than ever to start providing more of a threat going forward, and speaking to Goal Cole has had his say on where Martial must do better.
“Martial sees himself as a No.9” said Cole. “He has to work on a few things as well to improve himself- ball retention, getting in the right areas to score goals, just like Marcus (Rashford) is doing now in the wide areas.
“If you’re going to play as a No.9 at whatever level, you have to run in the box because that’s how you are going to score goals. Nothing ever changes. The goal never moves and if you don’t run into the box then you know that your chances of scoring goals becomes very limited.”
Cole believes Martial could do with observing Rashford, who has come into his own this season after appearing to settle as a wide role being his best position.
“Marcus has never been a centre-forward,” Cole added. “I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way, it’s just Marcus struggled when he had to receive the ball with his back to goal. That’s not his cup of tea.
“In the wide areas, you never have to play with your back to play all game.
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