Anthony Martial ‘can be one of top players in Europe’ under Solskjaer at Man Utd

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can develop Anthony Martial into one of the best players in Europe.

That is the view of former United defender Danny Higginbotham, who says the Frenchman is starting to show more consistency with every week.

Martial scored for the third consecutive game as the Red Devils dispatched of lowly Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.

The 24-year-old’s talents have never been in question but too often he has let himself down in certain games by failing to shine.

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But Higginbotham reckons Solskjaer is bringing the best out of the forward, who is showing more consistency.

“Anthony Martial is showing he can be one of the top players in Europe,” he wrote in his column for the The Sun.

“And Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves huge credit for getting the French forward firing.

“New signing Bruno Fernandes will get most of the plaudits for his goal from the spot — he won the penalty — and had assists for Martial and Mason Greenwood.

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“It was the Bruno Fernandes show but there was also so much to be positive about when it came to Martial, who scored for the third game in a row yesterday for the first time in United colours. He can be whatever he wants to be. The goal showed that — he took it so nonchalantly.

“Consistency is one of the things that can take him to the next level and he has got eight goals and two assists in his last 13 starts. More often than not, when he plays it is as the centre-forward.

“When you give consistency to a player in terms of playing time and position, you get the best out of him.

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“And in this day and age the biggest thing for a manager is man-management — and Solskjaer is clearly getting that right.

“Martial has so much ability. He has everything. He has speed. He has strength. He has skill. He has the finishing ability.

“He has scored goals when he is not particularly involved in the game. He can just produce a bit of magic and suddenly the ball is in the back of the net.”

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