Nemanja Matic says Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial can become one of the Premier League’s best if he believes in himself.
The 22-year-old appears to have turned a corner at United, having struggled to earn the trust of boss Jose Mourinho and at times endured a testy relationship with the manager.
Martial’s run of four successive starts has brought four goals and team-mate Matic believes the forward has the world at his feet.
“Anthony is a great player and he needs to understand that,” the United defensive midfielder said. “He needs more confidence. He is still young and I think if he continues to score in the next game he will get that.
“If he reaches his top level, he can be one of the best players in the league for sure. Sometimes I don’t think he understands how good he is. Sometimes he is quick, he is good with the ball, he can run.
“He has everything that a Manchester United football player needs. Sometimes I don’t think he understands that.”
Martial looks one of the first names on the team sheet right now – something that has seemed rare since Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in 2016.
Asked if he senior players like himself have told Martial just how good he can be, Matic said: “The manager speaks with him about it. I have told him once!
“But he is a great person and a great guy, and I am happy for him that he is scoring. It is great. The quality is there, confidence is there now and he just needs to be more consistent. I am glad we have him in the team.
“In football and in life you have difficult times and you have to get back on track and that is exactly what he is doing.”