Alan Shearer: This should give Anthony Martial confidence at Man United

The Newcastle United legend believes Anthony Martial will take huge confidence from his equaliser in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough

Alan Shearer believes Anthony Martial will take confidence from his equaliser in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve.

Martial has struggled to have a telling impact under new manager Jose Mourinho after the France international struggled with injuries and a lack of confidence.

The 21-year-old made just his eighth start of the 2016-17 season on Saturday and Martial produced a bright performance in the Manchester United side.

The French forward scored a superb goal in the 85th minute to cancel out Grant Leadbitter’s opener before Paul Pogba netted a winner less than 80 seconds later.

Former Newcastle United striker Shearer admits that he was impressed with Martial’s performance and is confident that his goal should improve the youngster’s performances in the second half of the season.

“It was a big game for him. He should take huge confidence. It was his second goal of the season. He was a constant threat,” Shearer told Match of the Day.

Manchester United signed Martial in a £36m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the 2015 summer transfer window.

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The Red Devils finished in fifth place in the top-flight table last term.

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