Dwight Yorke has urged Manchester United and his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have patience with Anthony Martial, insisting he has all chances to become the number nine the club requires.
Despite the criticism towards the forward, former Red Devils man believes in the Frenchman's improvement and compares him to himself as well as Arsenal icon Thierry Henry.
Speaking about Martial and his role at Old Trafford, Yorke told talkSPORT Breakfast
: “A number nine is a very unique position. It’s a very rare breed and it seems like it’s gone out of the game a bit.
“I never considered myself as a number nine. I developed my skills playing from the left wing to the right wing and then found myself pretty much playing in that number nine position, but not really as a number nine.
“It’s a specialist position and probably the hardest position you can play, with your back to goal and having to hold off defenders and make runs; you can only get better in that position if you play week-in, week-out.
“Look at the top goalscorers in the Premier League: Robbie Fowler, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Andy Cole – those players only played just in that position.
“Anthony Martial is like myself, Thierry Henry, maybe Wayne Rooney and even Cristiano Ronaldo – starting on the wing, developing and improving their skills and then get to that number nine position. That’s what Martial is doing now.
“I think Martial will get better, but he needs to play in that position a lot more, He needs to learn his trade.
“These guys are in their early 20s, I didn’t play as a centre-forward until I was around 24 and if you look at Henry and those guys, they all get to that position around the same age. So it’s a work in progress.
“I understand Man United are there to challenge and they need to bring in players, of course, but the players they have are excellent and it’ll be interesting to see how Ole will develop those players and use them. Ole was a frontman himself, so he should know how to improve these players.
“And look at how many goals Martial has scored this year – he can only get better!”