Berbatov: Martial needs to ‘get dirty’ like Man Utd team-mate

Dimitar Berbatov thinks Anthony Martial needs to demonstrate the same “passion” as Man Utd team-mate Edinson Cavani if he is to improve as a player.

The Frenchman has started ten matches in all competitions for the Red Devils this season, scoring two goals and providing one assist in his time on the pitch.

There has been criticism of Martial this season with the Man Utd forward failing to continue his good form from the end of last campaign.

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Cavani scored a brace in their 3-2 victory over Southampton last weekend and Berbatov thinks Martial should try and learn as much as he can off his Man Utd team-mate.

Berbatov told Betfair: “I was thinking about him [Martial] and there were fans messaging me on social media about him asking what is going on with him and why he isn’t producing and scoring goals. He needs to up his game, not only him but the whole team too. In the really important games he need to shine even more.

“I’ve been surprised with how well Edinson Cavani has performed, the guy is 33 years old and he’s running around the pitch like he’s a 25-year-old, fighting for the ball, making spaces, the passion he had is still there and that is something that Martial needs to look at and improve on. He needs to bully defenders and get dirty from time to time.

“He has the other attributes like technique, speed and stamina and other things like that, but in some games, like the one against PSG, you need to be a bit nasty and when you have an opportunity to score, you need to score.

“I hope it’s just a blip for him because I like him as a player and as a human, I hope he can continue and get better with his development. I can tell that Solskjaer likes him a lot as well with the amount of game time he is getting. Hopefully, after the games, win or lose he looks for advice from Ole, and with Cavani there he can see how he is moving around and they’ve both been in the French league so they will know each other.

“The examples are around him, he only needs to look around him and ask, it’s as simple as that. On the training pitch he just needs to stay and work on things that may be missing from his game.”


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