Anthony Martial is a forward that needs tender loving care claims former Manchester Unites striker Teddy Sheringham.
With the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sheringham seems to have completely forgotten that Martial has had plenty of chances in the past, and thinks the Frenchman is “feeling unloved” as a result.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner re-signed for United after 12 years away from the club and now Martial has fallen down the pecking order — even with Marcus Rashford out recovering from a shoulder operation.
Martial has played 90-minutes just once this season, in the 1-0 defeat against West Ham last Wednesday as United crashed out of the Carabao Cup.
“It’s similar to Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham, centre-forwards need to be loved,” Sheringham told the Daily Mail.
“If you’re not feeling loved and appreciated, if you feel you have one chance to do well in the Carabao Cup and if you don’t, you’re not going to get anywhere near the Premier League games, it does put pressure on you.”
Sheringham thinks the love has run out for Martial at United — and there’s certainly been a degree of patience lost with the forward in recent times, so could we be closing in on the end of his spell at Old Trafford?
“Tammy has gone to Roma and Jose Mourinho has said ‘go in there and if you miss chances, you’re not going to be out of the team straight away.’
“It gives you a relaxed time. Footballers need to be relaxed and cool in front of goal, not snapping at chances.
“When you are loved by a manager, you have that feeling.
“Martial obviously isn’t getting that at the moment because there are other players at the club in front of him and you feel like you have to snatch chances when you can.”
It sounds like Martial must quickly learn how to deal with the pressure of being a Manchester United player.