'Mind-blowing' Martial urged to build on best goalscoring run in three years

The time has come for the mercurial Frenchman to produce his best on a consistent basis for the Red Devils...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conceded he has found it necessary to criticise Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, but thinks it is paying off.

The France international striker scored his team’s second goal i n their 3-0 win over Watford with a cheeky dink over Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The win takes United up to fifth in the table, and a possible Champions League qualification spot.

Martial has now scored in his last three games - the first time he has done so since September 2017.

And Solskjaer acknowledged that the 24-year-old had enjoyed a productive week, but said he needed to turn in such performances with more consistency.

"He has his critics, I am one of them, demanding stuff,” Solskjaer told a press conference.

“He's had a great week. Today the mind-blowing skills. I want more from him and I'll keep at him."

With Manchester City currently being banned from European competition for the next two seasons, fifth place may be enough to secure Champions League football next campaign.

Luke Shaw, another to have impressed in recent weeks, insists the Red Devils are determined to return to Europe's top table, where he believes they belong.

The full-back still thinks overhauling fourth-placed Chelsea, currently three points clear of the Red Devils, is the safest route to qualification.

“We got what we needed and that was three points. Let’s keep pushing,” he told Sky Sports . “The most important thing is we closed the gap to Chelsea.

“This club is known for playing in the big competitions. We all miss the Champions League nights so much, that is what we want next season. We need to fight and earn it.”

United did themselves a huge favour with their 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Monday, putting them in striking distance of Chelsea, but they face a tough run of games in the near future.

Their next three Premier League games are against a resurgent Everton, bitter rivals Manchester City and sixth-placed Tottenham, with a Europa League second-leg tie with Club Brugge and an FA Cup clash with Derby County also on the horizon.