Manchester United have made a blistering start to the Premier League season, with Jose Mourinho’s men playing some scintillating stuff. At this point in time, the Red Devils are sitting joint-top of the table with fierce rivals Manchester City.
A key part of that has been Anthony Martial. The French attacker has been brilliant to start off 2017/18, particularly from off of the bench. When he was signed, he started matches as our starting striker, but over time, he’s slowly been shifted out to the left-hand side of the front-line.
Now, former United player-turned-pundit Michael Owen has given his take on the situation. He reckons playing on the left is his best position because he isn’t an intelligent enough runner to play directly through the middle.
“I like him on the left,” Owen told BT Sport, as per The Sport Review.
“I’m not sure he is an intelligent enough runner to play central. He needs to go into different channels and run in different lines. I think from the left he is really good.”
Usually, I don’t find myself agreeing with Owen all that often, but I think he’s hit the nail on the head here. I love Martial, don’t get me wrong, but he’s far more effective when cutting in from the wing. The position just suits his skill-set better, and I think that’s one of the reasons why Mourinho went out and signed Romelu Lukaku over the summer.
This is not to say that he isn’t a fantastic footballer. In all likelihood, he’d probably prefer to play as a striker but at this point in time, I just don’t see it happening barring major injury.