‘He shows us glimpses of his quality but he needs to do it on a regular basis now’: Anthony Martial must build on his first hat-trick for ‘scintillating’ Manchester United, says Jamie Redknapp
- Anthony Martial struck his first hat-trick for Manchester United on Wednesday
- The Frenchman was sublime as he hit a treble against below-par Sheffield United
- Jamie Redknapp feels that Martial has ‘shown glimpses’ of his talents previously
- But the Sky Sports pundit wants to see consistency after his first United hat-trick
Jamie Redknapp has challenged Anthony Martial to add consistency to his game in a bid to realise his potential after the Frenchman bagged his first hat-trick for Manchester United.
Martial was a class apart from everyone else on the Old Trafford pitch on Wednesday night as his treble secured victory over a below-par Sheffield United.
Redknapp hailed the ‘scintillating’ United performance and believes the key for Martial now is to mirror the excellence he showed against the Blades every week.
Anthony Martial was the star of the show with his first hat-trick for Manchester United
The Frenchman showed composure and quality to down Sheffield United on Wednesday
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp wants Martial to add consistency to realise his potential
‘(Anthony) Martial does this, he shows us glimpses of his quality but he needs to do it on a regular basis now,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
‘[It was] scintillating at times. Sheffield United weren’t at their best and I worry for them a bit.’
Martial got the opening goal in the seventh minute after doing brilliantly to read and connect with a fizzing cross from Marcus Rashford.
It was the first time a United player had hit a hat-trick in the Premier League since back in 2013
His second came on the stroke of half-time after a pin-point cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Rashford turned provider again for the third to give Martial his first United hat-trick since joining in 2015 from AS Monaco.
The 24-year-old was the undoubted Man of the Match but with Rashford also impressing, Redknapp’s fellow pundit Graeme Souness believes the Englishman can be the benchmark for which Martial measures himself.
When asked about how this hat-trick can help Martial, Souness said: ‘We know he is class, he has everything to be a top, top player.
‘If he could just have the same enthusiasm as Marcus Rashford for the game.
‘Sometimes he hides it, sometimes he doesn’t seem interested. Maybe he needs to score early to stay interested.’
As well as Martial’s first hat-trick at United, it is also the first time a United player has produced a treble since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Graeme Souness was impressed but wants Martial (right) to be as hungry as Marcus Rashford
Souness feels Martial can be a ‘top, top player’ if he stays engaged and interested every match
Robin van Persie against Aston Villa at Old Trafford was the last player to walk away with the match-ball in a United shirt.
The victory was essential for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and they are now two points behind Chelsea, who sit fourth, and six behind struggling Leicester City, who stay third despite back-to-back draws since the restart.
Chelsea face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday knowing a defeat leaves the door open for United to seize control of the race for Champions League.
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