Dimitar Berbatov thinks Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag should keep Anthony Martial at the club for next season as he is not showing his full ability.
The France international moved to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015 in a deal worth around £58m with Martial being touted as one of the hottest prospects in the world at the time.
But eight years on, the striker has failed to fulfill his potential with inconsistent performances and numerous injuries frustrating supporters.
He briefly showed he could be the striker Man Utd need in the 2019-20 season, netting 17 Premier League goals, before netting a disappointing four goals next season.
Martial is currently up seven in all competitions this term and is rumored to could be sold in the summer if Man Utd bring in more than one new striker.
But Berbatov – who played under Martial at Monaco – believes there is still a lot to come from the Frenchman and has urged Ten Hag to stay with him.
“I’d like to see him stay. I played with Anthony at Monaco and I know he has the ability to be better than what he is showing,” Berbatov said Betfred.
“The only thing he has to do is stay injury-free and he has to know that the coach trusts him.
“He must know that he can make some mistakes during the match without the possibility of being substituted or excluded in the next match. He needs the full trust of a coach and then he can play to his fullest ability.
“I’m happy with what I’ve seen of him since his return from injury and would love to see him stay at Manchester United.”
And Louis Saha is another former Man Utd forward who hopes Martial can hit his peak form before the end of the season.
Saha said Power of the paddy: “I’m sure Anthony Martial is eager to show the talent he has and is frustrated with his injuries, especially as he can recognize that it’s a joy to play at Manchester United at the moment.
“He was at United for four years, but due to several injuries, he was never able to be at his peak physical condition, playing 30 games a season. There is no doubt that he is a strong player and he can do many things well, so I hope he can find some form between now and the end of the season.
“I like him and his quality, but if a bigger name arrives at the club in the summer in the number nine position, the club could try to push him away.”
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