Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been advised to make more penetrative runs into the channel if he wants to become a regular 30-goal-a-season striker.
The 22-year-old is enjoying his most productive goalscoring campaign since breaking into the first team at Old Trafford having supplied 20 goals in 37 games across all competitions.
That includes a 15-goal haul in the Premier League, with no United player having managed more than the England international in England’s top flight.
But United legend Gary Neville thinks that if Rashford is to add to become a ruthless goalscorer – having only scored once in five games since the Premier League’s restart – then he will have to improve his movement.
Rashford and Martial have become the first pair of United players to score more than 20 goals a season across all competitions since 2010-11.
And Mason Greenwood is also enjoying a clinical campaign, particularly of late on the right wing, despite more naturally a centre-forward.
The 18-year-old scored again on Thursday night against Aston Villa, in what was his third straight Premier League appearance, to take his tally to the campaign to 16 senior goals.
Neville is excited about the trio – with Greenwood’s sensational breakthrough season seeing him tipped for a major future at Old Trafford – but admits Rashford must work on his runs in behind, and believes he can learn from Liverpool wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Sky Sports expert also believes Martial, Greenwood and Rashford have the ceiling to be as good as Liverpool’s front three – who this week managed their 250th goal as Salah scored a brace in a 3-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday night.
Asked how he would compare United’s triumvirate to the Liverpool attack, Neville told the Gary Neville Podcast: “When you see Salah, Mane and [Roberto] Firmino, they are matured, they are established, they’re the real thing – the best front three in the Premier League.
“I was saying that even when Manchester City were winning the league in those two seasons, I thought the Liverpool front three were better than [Raheem] Sterling, [Sergio] Aguero and [Leroy] Sane and that’s saying something when City were in that first season doing what they did.
“That front three of Liverpool’s, the intensity in possession and out of possession, the runs they make from those wide striker positions – in between full-back and centre-back – are outstanding. World class.
“The three that United have got have got the ability and talent but they are not at the level of Liverpool’s front three yet, you wouldn’t expect them to be.
“Rashford has to make more funs in between full-back and centre-back, he has to make five, six, seven, eight of those a half.
“That’s where he’ll get his goals, where he’ll continue to be a big threat. The run that as a right-back I don’t want.
“I’m happy if he’s out there on the touchline, he’s more predictable, I can double up on him with my wide player.
“If he’s making that run, particularly if [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes are on the ball, in between that full-back and centre-back in through beyond Martial, that’s where’ll get to 25-30 goals a season, 35 goals a season.
“That’s where those three at Liverpool are, the two wide players in particular.
“At the moment the Liverpool front three are ahead but it’s exciting for United.
“There were question marks whether Rashford was good enough, whether Martial was good enough and Greenwood hadn’t obviously emerged 12 months ago, but they are proving they are good enough, that they can play and that they will get better.
“If you believe in young players and give them opportunities in the positions they want to play in, you will be amazed what you can achieve.”
Solskjaer said of Greenwood after his latest eye-catching strike in the 3-0 win over Villa: “We’ll have to wait and see [how good he can be]. He’s got to look after himself.
“I’m doing my bit to help him but he’s got to do it. He’s the one that’s got to turn in performances at training, in the games and to live his life properly.
“It’s all down to him. He can go as far as he wants to. He’s an exceptional finisher.
“He’s been in the club for so long and he knows what we want for him and he knows we believe in him. You can’t leave players out when they score goals. It’s almost impossible.”