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Has Anthony Martial got the potential to be world class?

When Manchester United signed him in 2015 for a fee that could ultimately rise to almost £60 million, Anthony Martial had the world at his feet and the potential to go on and be one of the best. But, sadly as of yet, he has not fulfilled that potential.

His first season was a relative success, finishing United’s top scorer, the high point coming when he scored the winner on his debut against Liverpool at Old Trafford, and then the winner at Wembley against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final, before going on to lift the trophy to win his first medal as a red.

Since then, however, he has not lived up to his price tag much to the disappointment of the United faithful. The following season saw Louis van Gaal sacked and Jose Mourinho take up the reigns at Old Trafford, and even though Martial retained his place on the left-wing, we saw a dip in his form and confidence.

His future at United was thrown into doubt after he was dropped from the side and a possible move was rumoured. But after reiterating his desire to stay at Old Trafford on social media, the Frenchman’s form improved and he eventually starred in a season where the Reds won two major trophies.

This season, whether starting or coming off the bench, Martial has looked like the player everybody thought he was and could become. He has been in a constant battle with Marcus Rashford since the opening day, and that seems to be spurring the young Frenchman to produce his top form on a regular basis. Martial has 12 goals in all competitions this season and looks to surpass his best term in front of goal.

But can the 22-year-old become one of the best players in the world? He, of course, has the potential to reach that status, with his pace, power, and prowess in front of goal, but But his inconsistent form could become his downfall.

It’s currently a tough battle between Martial and Rashford for that left-wing position, and the fact that Alexis Sanchez has just arrived from Arsenal is only going to increase the competition, making it harder for him to cement his status in the first XI.

However, he should see the competition from new signing Alexis Sanchez, and academy graduate Marcus Rashford as healthy. It is something that should hopefully push him to that next stage of his career, which will see him show the talent that he often shows in glimpses. He will need to realise though, whenever he starts or even comes on as a substitute he needs to realise the importance to perform or he simply won’t play.

The world is Martial’s oyster but to be able to be put in a bracket with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe he needs to start scoring on a regular basis and perform in the big games. The potential is there, and his future is bright, now it’s simply a waiting game to see if he can live up to the hype.

Written by Dan Pearce

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