Rio Ferdinand disagrees with Paul Scholes’ "harsh" assessment of Anthony Martial

Rio Ferdinand has defended Anthony Martial after Paul Scholes recently questioned whether he is good enough to lead the line for Manchester United.

Martial had his most prolific season so far for the Red Devils in the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 17 times in the Premier League.

He has yet to find the net in all competitions so far this season, however, and earlier this month Scholes suggested in an interview with Stadium Astro that he is not a natural striker.

"The problem with United's forwards is that none of them is an actual centre-forward," Scholes said before they completed the signing of Edinson Cavani.

"Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good.

"He’s started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn’t. It’s misleading."

Despite his struggles in front of goal, Martial was included in United's starting line-up for their Champions League game against PSG on Tuesday.

And speaking on BT Sport ahead of the game, Ferdinand stated his belief that Scholes had been unfair on the Frenchman.

"I think it was very harsh from Scholesy, I've got to be honest with you," Ferdinand said.

"Last season he scored 23 goals and got nine assists as a No.9.

"He had played up front inconsistently previously for Manchester United. He was played wide on the left, sometimes up front.

"He had a good run of games up there and proved his worth as a young No.9 at Manchester United."

It remains to be seen if Martial can open his account for this season in Le Parc des Princes, but if he does not he could well be dropped for Cavani at the weekend when United take on Chelsea in the Premier League.

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