Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been advised to drop Anthony Martial for Mason Greenwood after the Frenchman’s poor performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Wolves.
Manchester United were held to a disappointing draw at Old Trafford with Bruno Fernandes making his full debut, although Martial was once again anonymous in the game when Solskjaer’s side was crying out for a spark up front.
We’ve seen Martial produce moments of magic down the years, so we know it’s in his locker.
Sometimes it seems like he’d be more interested doing something else. That’s not good enough for a player who has been given a massive opportunity to prove his worth as a leading centre-forward at United.
To see him look disinterested most of the time is very off-putting and Solskjaer clearly didn’t trust him to do it on his own so United dipped into the transfer market on deadline day and signed ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo on loan for six-months.
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) February 3, 2020
And with youngster Greenwood now knocking on the door, it may be harder for Martial to keep his place in the starting line-up. Ighalo’s arrival makes the situation more bleak for the former AS Monaco man.
Ian Wright made it clear on Match of the Day that he’d have Greenwood in the side over Martial based on the 24-year-old’s latest disappointing performance.
“I’d play him [Greenwood],” Wright said on MOTD, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“When you look at how Martial has played in that game, I would play him now, absolutely.”
Greenwood has a bright future ahead of him.
He should look to Martial now and wonder why his development hasn’t gone to plan. There are multiple factors, but some we’ve noticed include him not working hard enough, not being hungry enough and too inconsistent.
A further read online and we cam across more quotes on Martial. It’s safe to say Alan Shearer wasn’t impressed as he ripped the forward a new one in his latest column for The Sun.
“There was no attacking threat from United — they could have been there for two days and still not have scored,” Shearer told the newspaper.
“If there is one man who sums up United’s struggles in front of goal, it is Anthony Martial.
“He just looks uninterested. I never get the impression he enjoys playing football — which is something I’ve not really come across too much in the game before.
“You look at his body language and it says, ‘I don’t want to be a No9’.
“That role isn’t just about scoring goals. You also have to bring your team-mates into the game and do plenty of running to get in behind the defenders.
“He has one good game followed by three average ones — he’s a very frustrating player to watch. I’m sure all the fans will agree.”