Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique says Manchester United may still need to look for a striker this summer despite Anthony Martial’s promising form.
Martial’s first United hat-trick inspired the Red Devils to a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United on Wednesday.
Indeed, the hat-trick was also United’s first in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
The performance was a reflection of the improvement in form from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, who are now unbeaten in 13 matches.
But Enrique believes Martial has shown glimpses of his talent before without creating any consistency.
“Martial has been showing this type of quality before,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “The only problem for him has been that he’s not been consistent enough for a team like United that want to fight for things.
“They have to still look for a striker. We’ll see what happens, there’s still games to go.
“They will have to see how he performs until the end of the season to see if he can still have that level until the end.”
Martial became the world’s most expensive teenager at the time with his move to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015.
The Frenchman has scored 67 goals and assisted 34 others in 210 appearances for the club.
Wednesday’s result strengthened United‘s bid to secure Champions League football next season.
Solskjaer’s men sit two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Manchester City on Thursday.
A win or draw for Chelsea will not only increase the gap once more, but also hand runaway leaders Liverpool the title.
SOLSKJAER DELIGHTED WITH MARTIAL
Solskjaer said after Wednesday’s game that he was “very pleased” with Martial following his hat-trick.
The manager said: “Very happy for Anthony when you get a hat-trick. It’s just unfortunate he didn’t celebrate with our fans.
“I think the first goal – I think that’s a vital goal as well today – but the way he turned and got himself into a position to score from Marcus [Rashford’s] cross, I was very pleased with that one.
“He’s getting more and more into those positions. He nearly got a goal against Tottenham as well, great turn and finish and great save by [Hugo] Lloris. Anthony’s in good form.”