Dimitar Berbatov admitted that Anthony Martial ‘isn’t as consistent as he could be’ in the wake of comments from his former team-mate Paul Scholes.
The former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker admitted that United’s current No. 9 invites criticism by a lack of consistency, although pointed out that Martial is often adversely impacted by contributions from his team-mates.
Scholes had earlier attacked Martial for papering over the cracks in United’s frontline by ‘almost conning’ people to believe he was the answer to their striking problems.
‘Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good,’ Scholes told Stadium Astro.
‘He’s started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn’t. It’s misleading. That’s why I’ve kept saying we need a top-class No. 9.’
And Berbatov agreed that Martial may never be an ‘out and out number nine’.
‘I saw some comments from Scholes and he was critical of Anthony Martial, and my opinion of Martial is well known now,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘He may never be the out and out number nine, he prefers to come in from the wing, doing his tricks, and drawing fouls.
The only criticism is that he isn’t as consistent as he could be. He isn’t brilliant in every game, and until he is consistent, it is hard to describe him as world class.
‘When you’re at a big club, and you don’t perform consistently, you will have critics.
‘We must remember, Martial is playing with 10 men around him, so it isn’t just him underperforming.
‘It can be difficult for the type of player that Martial is to stand out when he isn’t getting the support from around his team, and the poor team performance will make him look worse.’