Paul Scholes believes Anthony Martial can establish himself as Manchester United’s first choice centre forward and become a 30-goal-a-season striker, if he develops a ‘ruthless streak’.
The former United midfielder has been a vociferous critic of the France international in recent months, but he credited the former Monaco star for an industrious display in Sunday’s derby victory.
Martial won the early penalty which allowed Bruno Fernandes to open the scoring and was a constant threat to a Manchester City backline which has been in imperious form this season.
The 25-year-old was unable to cap a fine individual display with a goal, missing several excellent openings in the second-half as he failed to find the back of the net for a seventh game in succession.
Scholes believes Martial is struggling for confidence at present but insists he has all the tools required to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a fortune in the transfer market.
He told Premier League Productions: ‘Today against Manchester City I thought they were excellent on the counter-attack. I thought Martial was really good as he (Solskjaer) said in the interview.
‘He’s not scored today, he’s had a great opportunity to score, but the other things he did meant he was a real threat. He was working hard.
‘When you go to Manchester City that might be the only chance you get. Someone like Michael (Owen) they take it, they know. They understand ‘I’ve got to be ready, if I get that chance I’ll put it away’.
‘I don’t think he’s got that streak in him. But if he does get that streak in him he’s a lad who will get you 25 to 30 goals a season.’