Berbatov reveals the advice he gave to Man United star Martial

Dimitar Berbatov reveals the initial advice he gave Anthony Martial when he faced him at Monaco

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial Photo: The Sport Review

Dimitar Berbatov has revealed the initial advice he gave Anthony Martial when he first faced him in training at Monaco.

Martial moved to Manchester United back in September 2015, when Louis van Gaal was still in charge at Old Trafford.

The French striker has a reputation as one of the club’s most promising young attacking talents and he has earned plenty of praise for his performances for the Red Devils.

Martial burst onto the scene shortly after his move to Old Trafford, when he scored a brilliant solo goal in the victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Berbatov trained alongside Martial during his time at Monaco, and the former Manchester United striker has lifted the lid on the advice he gave the striker back then.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Berbatov said: “Martial had something special and he’s developed. He’ll develop even more.

“You could see how fast and strong he was. The only thing lacking was to be more confident. I liked playing in defence in training; it helped me understand the defenders well.

“Martial would come towards with me the ball. Sometimes he hesitated; he didn’t want to take me on because he thought I was going to take his ball.

“The self-belief was not there. I would say: ‘Anto, you are so quick, you can go past me. Don’t be afraid to do that to every player because you are so quick.’ He’s a top guy.”

Martial will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action on Saturday with a crunch clash against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after their disappointing 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town last weekend.

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