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Mbappe predicts “big season” for Man Utd’s Martial ahead of PSG clash

Kylian Mbappe has predicted another “big season” for Manchester United striker and France team-mate Anthony Martial.

Martial missed United’s 4-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday as he began a three-match ban following his red card in the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

Martial enjoyed his most prolific campaign at United last season, scoring 23 goals, but has yet to score this term in eight games for club and country.

But Martial, set to start on Tuesday night against PSG in the Champions League, is a player Mbappe rates highly, with the PSG forward convinced his compatriot will find his form sooner rather than later.

Anthony Martial was Man Utd’s top goalscorer last term

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“He’s a player I have a great understanding with,” said Mbappe. “Playing with somebody as talented as Anthony makes your job easier.

“I’m sure he’ll have another big season with Manchester United and I look forward to playing with him for the national team again.

“He’s a very good friend but also a player that I connect very well with.”

Martial though has had his fair share of critics in recent weeks with former United duo Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Scholes citing some of his flaws.

Kylian Mbappe teams up with Anthony Martial t international level

The former, while highlighting his obvious quality, believes the Frenchman needs to become more consistent before he can be considered in the top bracket of players.

He told Betfair: “I saw some comments from Scholes and he was critical of Anthony Martial, and my opinion of Martial is well known now.

“He may never be the out and out number nine, he prefers to come in from the wing, doing his tricks, and drawing fouls.

“The only criticism is that he isn’t as consistent as he could be. He isn’t brilliant in every game, and until he is consistent, it is hard to describe him as world class.

“It’s what separates the good players from the great ones. You look at Ronaldo and Messi, they scored lots of goals every season for 10 years.”

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