Steve McClaren: Martial is not a number nine

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Manchester United’s current squad is one that is jam-packed with talent and ability. However, for whatever reason, there has been absolutely no consistency in their play.

The likes of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay being injured for prolonged periods of time definitely haven’t helped, though inconsistency has plagued the season.

One player who sums that up more than anyone is Anthony Martial. The superstar Frenchman can go from looking like a Ballon d’Or contender to non-league fodder from game-to-game. Simply put, he can frustrate and excite in equal measure.

Well, former United assistant manager and football pundit Steve McClaren has suggested a positional change for the 24-year-old United star – claiming that Martial is ‘not a striker’ while all his best moments come ‘on that left-hand side’.

The key one is Martial,” McClaren is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “Martial is not a number nine, he’s not a striker. All his best moments are on that left hand side, that’s where he plays.

“He cannot play down the middle on his own.”

The obvious problem to that is Marcus Rashford is having the best season of his career cutting in from that left flank, though the Englishman is doing it with far more consistency than his French counterpart.

Currently, Rashford is inured so maybe Martial can move out there for the season’s remainder, allowing Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood to share the minutes as the out-and-out striker. However, it’s not the long-term solution.

I just think Martial misses Rashford. The pair link up so wonderfully well together and United look like a real dynamic attacking force when they’re both out there. That can still mean they’re both better suited to starting as wingers, though.

We’ll learn an awful lot about United’s plans for Martial now that Ighalo is here. If the Frenchman sees his minutes drastically reduce than maybe there’s a possibility that his long-term future lies away from Old Trafford. That’s obviously not an easy decision to make, mind…


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