Man Utd news: Nemanja Matic says Anthony Martial is on course for legendary status

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Anthony Martial has been in fine goal-scoring form for Manchester United (Picture: Pool via Getty Images)

Nemanja Matic believes his Manchester United teammate Anthony Martial is on course to become one of the greatest strikers in the world, thanks largely to his fantastic work ethic.

The Frenchman has been in good form since the Premier League restart, scoring four goals including a hat-trick against Sheffield United.

He has taken his tally to 15 league goals for the season, which represents comfortably his best return since joining the club in 2015.

The 24-year-old is developing a threatening attacking trio alongside Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, which has helped United extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.

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Matic has been thoroughly impressed with the former Monaco man and feels he deserves the excellent results he has been getting, due to the hard work he has been putting in away from the cameras.

‘A good game for one football player doesn’t come [just] like that. It’s hard work,’ Matic told Stats Perform News.

‘Anthony, in the last year or year-and-a-half, I have seen him working a lot, trying to improve in every part of the game.

‘Of course, then on the pitch that gives you more and you deserve it. Anthony is doing great. In training sessions, he is fighting for every ball, trying to help team-mates.

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Martial has become a key figure in the United starting XI (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

‘Even when we don’t have the ball he’s trying to defend. He’s doing fantastic. I think that if he continues like this, he’ll be one of the best strikers or attacking players in the world.

‘[He is] still young, still young I have to say, [there’s] still a lot to improve and time works for him, so he just needs to continue to work like this.’

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has echoed Matic’s feelings, praising Martial’s willingness to put the hard work in.

‘I’ve been very pleased with Anthony,’ said the Norwegian. ‘You can see his work rate, his foundation.

‘There were some stats last season on our strikers, and he’s really taken up the challenge and answered the questions I asked of work rate. We have to start from the front with our pressing, and he’s really taken that on board.

‘Marcus is still a young boy developing, too. All three of them can see a pass, can play a pass, they can score, they are physical, they can make runs and create chances for others. We are trying to develop them all of the time; this isn’t a one-day thing, or a “sometimes” thing, this is about creating good habits.’

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