Giggs: Martial inconsistent but should still play

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The former Red Devils star is excited about the 21-year-old despite his lack of starts this season and is happy with Jose Mourinho’s reign


Ryan Giggs says he would pick Anthony Martial in his Manchester United team, despite admitting he suffers from inconsistency.

The forward was United’s top goalscorer last season with 17 goals – more than Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata or fellow young forward Marcus Rashford.

The 21-year-old has featured in 15 Premier League games this term, but has only scored three times.

However, Giggs, who spent 24 years in United’s first-team, is confident he will improve and maintains he can still be decisive, despite having some weaker performances.

Anthony Martial Paul Pogba Manchester United

“He’s still a young player and second seasons can be really difficult,” he told Goal at a Premier Futsal event in Delhi.

“You’ve seen it with so many young players. I think he is still exciting and he can be a match winner still. He’s just been inconsistent. I like him and would pick him in my team. He will only get better.”

After winning the EFL Cup, the Red Devils are 17 points behind leaders Chelsea in the English top flight, take on the Blues in their FA Cup quarter-final on Monday and will settle their Europa League last-16 tie with Rostov next week, having drawn 1-1 away on Thursday. Giggs feels things are coming together nicely for manager Jose Mourinho, though the former Wales international admits he is paying for a poor start to life at Old Trafford.

“I think he’s done okay. He had a slow start and it is always difficult,” he added. “If you look at Jose’s career so far, he has always dealt with similar kind of teams – Porto, Chelsea, Inter.

“With United, he was coming into a team which was strong squad wise but I think he is still struggling a little bit to find his best XI.

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