Dwight Yorke tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have patience with Anthony Martial

Dwight Yorke tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have patience with Anthony Martial


Martial has been entrusted with the No.9 role (Picture: Getty Images)

Dwight Yorke says Anthony Martial needs time to fully acclimatise to the No.9 role after a promising campaign as Manchester United’s primary centre-forward.

The Frenchman was moved inside from the left-wing after Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan last summer.

Martial repaid his manager’s faith in him with 23 goals last term, his most prolific campaign since he joined from Monaco in 2015.

Despite his good numbers, the 24-year-old has received criticism for his ability to fulfil the No.9 role, with the likes of former Red Devils assistant Steve McClaren questioning whether he is clinical enough in big games.

However, United treble-winner Yorke believes the forward is on an upward trend and if Solskjaer persists with him up front, he will eventually thrive in the position.

‘A number nine is a very unique position,’ Yorke told talkSPORT. ‘It’s a very rare breed and it seems like it’s gone out of the game a bit.

Solskjaer has shown his faith in Martial (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I never considered myself as a number nine. I developed my skills playing from the left wing to the right wing and then found myself pretty much playing in that number nine position, but not really as a number nine.

‘It’s a specialist position and probably the hardest position you can play, with your back to goal and having to hold off defenders and make runs; you can only get better in that position if you play week-in, week-out.

‘Look at the top goalscorers in the Premier League: Robbie Fowler, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Andy Cole – those players only played just in that position.

‘Anthony Martial is like myself, Thierry Henry, maybe Wayne Rooney and even Cristiano Ronaldo – starting on the wing, developing and improving their skills and then get to that number nine position. That’s what Martial is doing now.

‘I think Martial will get better, but he needs to play in that position a lot more, He needs to learn his trade.

‘These guys are in their early 20s, I didn’t play as a centre-forward until I was around 24 and if you look at Henry and those guys, they all get to that position around the same age. So it’s a work in progress.

‘I understand Man United are there to challenge and they need to bring in players, of course, but the players they have are excellent and it’ll be interesting to see how Ole will develop those players and use them. Ole was a frontman himself, so he should know how to improve these players.

‘And look at how many goals Martial has scored this year – he can only get better!’

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