‘Martial can become one of the best, best strikers’

first_imgAnthony Martial can become “one of the best, best strikers” if Manchester United use him correctly, says Dimitar Berbatov.The Red Devils have invested considerable faith in the France international since acquiring him from Monaco in the summer of 2015.A transfer package worth up to £58 million ($70m) was pieced together in order to land an exciting talent then in his teens. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Martial is now 23 years of age and has been tied to another long-term contract at Old Trafford.There is, however, a sense that United are yet to bring the best out of him, despite handing out over 170 appearances to date.Berbatov believes that is because a player he briefly worked with in Ligue 1 is not getting the regular game time he needs, or being played in the position which suits him best.The former Red Devils frontman told Express Sport of a forward who has often been deployed on the flanks: “I am slightly biased, but I think Martial can become one of the best, best strikers.”It depends on whether he has the attitude, the fighting spirit, but he is so good I think he can become one of the best.”He has often played two to three games then out for two to three games.”Two to three games on the bench then two to three games back in the team.”And then United fans ask, why isn’t he consistent?”It depends on him, himself, but Martial has to stay at United. He can be a really great player for them.”Dimitar Berbatov MonacoBerbatov got a good look at Martial’s potential during a one-season stay at Monaco in 2014-15, with a number of promising performers on the books at Stade Louis II back then.The enigmatic Bulgarian added: “I had some of the best times of my career at Monaco, and not just because of the city.”I went there at, I think it was 33, and I went into training and had all these young guys around me.”There was Martial but also James Rodriguez, [Yannick] Carrasco, Fabinho and all those guys.”They were running around me and I was like ‘what the f*ck?’.”But I had some great moments at Monaco.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sri Lanka needs space to recover

Referring to the Commonwealth which is headquartered in London, Prof Peiris said it must be remembered that this is a voluntary organisation of 54 member-states with diverse cultures, ethnicities and value systems and that it cannot be a monolith.“If a few member-states attempt to turn such an organisation into a political tool in pursuit of their own agendas, it would not only damage the ethos that the Commonwealth represents but also threaten the very future of the organization,” he said. “These challenges cannot be answered and resolved overnight. They take time and a nation needs space to do so. Sri Lanka is urging that it be given the time and space,” the minister said. Destroyed infrastructure had to be rebuilt and the government invested enormous funds to resuscitate the economy of the war- ravaged areas so that the people would have a means of livelihood for them and their families, the Minister said. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that Sri Lanka is ready and willing to work with the international community to achieve these ends but it cannot be achieved if its efforts at peaceful resolution of its problems are met with constant vilification and castigation by a few in the international community. The Minister stressed that no other country that has emerged from years of internecine strife and terrorism has achieved what Sri Lanka has done in such a short time.He said that the country faced tremendous multiple challenges. Among these challenges was to provide food, shelter and medicines for nearly 300,000 persons displaced from the conflict areas. There were thousands of ex-combatants who had to be rehabilitated and returned to society. There were child soldiers of the LTTE who had to be helped and returned to their families.In addition there were hundreds of thousands of mines and other explosive devices that had to de-activated and removed so that displaced persons could return safely to their former homes and the land put to productive use. The government says Sri Lanka needs time to return to normalcy after nearly three decades of  terrorism and secessionist war.A statement by the External Affairs Ministry quoted Minister G.L Peiris as saying that the reconciliation and rehabilitation is a slow process as other countries that have gone through similar experiences will understand and appreciate. read more