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The former Red Devils star was surprised that the Frenchman’s effort against Aston Villa was only the second in the Premier League this season.
Anthony Martial needs to score “10-15 goals per season” for Manchester United to maintain their challenge for the Premier League title, says Phil Neville.
The Red Devils have joined the pioneers in what is shaping up to be an intriguing race for national supremacy in 2020-21.
For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to remain in that quest, inspiration will be required on both ends of the field. A settled defensive unit offers cause for optimism, while Bruno Fernandes remains a talismanic presence in the middle of the park.
Firepower has been found in the final third, with the addition of Edinson Cavani helping that cause, but more is being demanded of Martial with the France international hitting the net just five times this span.
Only two of those efforts have come in the Premier League, with his duck broken at Old Trafford in the narrow 2-1 win over Aston Villa last time out.
Questions have been regularly asked whether the 25-year-old is the right man to lead United’s line as their No. 9, and Neville admitted that the standards must be raised.
The former United star said Premier League Productions: “Actually, I was surprised by that statistic [of Martial’s goal record this season]I did not know that statistic before it was said in the interview.
“He’s someone who needs to score more goals, he needs to score 10-15 goals a season, I think he needs to measure up for United to have a chance to win the league.
“You cannot trust a [Marcus] Rashford or Fernandes to score the goals. You need to hit those kinds of numbers. I’d like to see him be more ruthless. “
Martial showed predatory instincts when scoring against Villa, with a clever dash to the front post that allowed him to look into a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Neville added: “This was a really good finish, it was a good ball from Wan-Bissaka, but the header guidance was really good and hopefully now he can have a game streak, a form streak, a pace streak. . He looks fitter and I want to see him run now to score goals. “
Solskjaer has stated that he hopes the floodgates will open for Martial now that he is back on the beat, with United looking for the Frenchman to repeat their 2019-20 efforts that yielded a personal best of 23 goals in all competitions.