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Dimitar Berbatov believes Anthony Martial is suffering a crisis of confidence and should consider playing in defence during training in a bid to revive his Manchester United career.
The France international made an impressive start to the season but has struggled to cement a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s side since the turn of the year.
Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in January has provided a further obstacle for the former Monaco forward who has not scored a Premier League goal since his winner against Burnley on January 20.
Berbatov, a similarly mercurial talent, is confident Martial can still thrive under Mourinho’s management but believes he could benefit from a switch of position.
‘Martial had something special and he’s developed,’ he told ESPN. ‘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.’