Darren Fletcher: New Manchester United first-team coach will be out to make Anthony Martial an ‘elite’ forward

Former Red Devils midfielder is a known fan of the Frenchman

Alex Pattle
Tuesday 05 January 2021 16:35
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Anthony Martial's first goal at Monaco

Darren Fletcher, the newest member of Manchester United’s coaching staff, could play a key role in Anthony Martial’s involvement at the club going forward.

Fletcher, who made 340 appearances for United between 2003 and 2015, was promoted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team on Monday, having worked with the Under-16s since October.

And the 36-year-old is a known fan of Martial, meaning one of his priorities at Old Trafford this season is likely to be helping the Frenchman to flourish throughout the remainder of the season. 

“I think his endeavour, his work-rate, the talent has always been there,” Fletcher said of the forward last term.

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“I think he’s been fantastic. I think we’re seeing somebody on the cusp – if he keeps this going – of being a real elite No. 9 goalscorer.”

In 18 appearances across all competitions this season, Martial has managed five goals and six assists. Although those figures mark a decent return, they have been overshadowed by those of Marcus Rashford.

Martial’s fellow United forward has netted 14 times and recorded eight assists in 25 outings this term, while Edinson Cavani – in his first season at the club – has already bagged four goals and two assists in 14 appearances.

Last season was Martial’s most impressive at Old Trafford since he arrived from Monaco as a 19-year-old in 2015. He recorded 23 goals and 12 assists in 48 games across all competitions.

The Frenchman will be hoping to beat that tally this season but will need a strong second half of the season to do so, and will hope Fletcher’s support can help him to hit that target.

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