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Ferdinand says Martial benefitted most from Mourinho sacking by Man Utd

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Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United have successfully rebuilt Anthony Martial after Jose Mourinho ‘zapped’ the confidence out of him.

Martial has scored 22 times this season and has a minimum of five games left this season to add to that tally.

Speaking on BT Sport prior to United’s win against Crystal Palace, in which Martial netted his 22nd strike of the campaign, Ferdinand said Martial is starting to realise the potential that was on display when he first joined United.

He said: “I think Anthony Martial was probably the main one, for me, that needed rebuilding.

“Jose Mourinho brings in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, takes his number nine shirt. What that does for a player’s confidence I cannot tell you. It absolutely zaps the confidence out of you.

“He’s a poacher, a six-yard box player, scoring the scruffy goals, if you like. But he can also bring other people into the game.

“The intensity with which he plays, the skill, the guile that he’s got. This is what I love about him. He’s doing everything you’d want from a number nine right now.

“This is what we saw when he first burst onto the scene for Man United as a teenager. He came in scoring absolute world-beater goals, taking people on and driving at people.

“The dribbling, that’s world-class football what you’re seeing there. What I love about him is his intensity has changed, his whole body language has changed, there’s a new positivity about him.

“He’s somebody that is enjoying having the belief of the current manager. That’s what you need.

“No matter what level you are as a player, you need the backing and the belief from your manager to be able to put what you have on show.”

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