Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Anthony Martial can become a “world class“ striker if he can be more of a “killer“ in front of the goal.
The Frenchman has scored in his last three games to make it 15 goals in all competitions which is his second-best tally for a single season since arriving at the club.
And Saha, now 41, received similar criticism during his four-year spell at Old Trafford and thinks the negative comments come as result of him being misunderstood due to his body language and perceived lack of effort.
“Martial has been criticised for his attitude but sometimes people misinterpret things and that’s the problem with our industry,” Saha said.
“People don’t know who you are and what you want and they assume.
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“I have been victim of that sometimes, they pick on one thing and think you have a nonchalant attitude and then you start to get criticism as to why you’re not producing on a regular basis.”
The 24-year-old this season has stepped into the number nine role since the injury to talisman Marcus Rashford but questions remain over his attitude and commitment.
Saha added: “Martial is a talented player and has everything needed to be world class. He can score goals and build play.
“He now has to be focused on things that will definitely work. It’s not just about having a style and being nice to look at. He needs to be more of a killer and i think he has done that in the last few games.
“Definitely since coming back from injury there has been an improvement.
“You have to pick your moments and be decisive and i think he has done well, it’s not easy.”
United’s convincing victory over Watford and their resolute display at Stamford Bridge has ensured they have narrowed the gap in the Premier League to just three points between Chelsea. Saha remains hopeful his former side can get back into the Champions League through the Premier League.
“If they manage to do it will be a big achievement, especially as we did a big part of the season not playing so well. So to come back and do it we will have done tremendously well in the last few weeks,” the Frenchman said.
United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Martial to score 20 goals this season and urged him to keep up the recent form.
Solskjaer said: “I am delighted with the week Anthony has had.
“He has got his critics and i am one of his biggest, probably. I keep demanding different stuff from him.”
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