Anthony Martial may well be on borrowed time at Man United.
Manchester United Football Club struggled against West Ham last night, while being dumped out of the EFL Cup in the process.
Sure, we’d have loved to have enjoyed a good cup run, but this one is low on the priority list. More than anything, that’s now an extra few games lost which could have been used to keep fringe players happy.
One of said fringe players at this moment in time is Anthony Martial. The Frenchman, who has often been one of the first names on the team-sheet, has really failed to show us what he’s made of over the last year or so.
Now, Martial could be struggling to keep his place at United, according to The Telegraph. James Ducker writes that there is an ‘expectation’ that the Reds will be open to offers to sell the £250k-a-week (Spotrac) star next year.
My first major concern with Martial is the lack of development. He’s no better now than he was when breaking through into the team the season he was signed. That has to be a worry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rest of the coaching staff.
Secondly, it’s the attitude. Martial always looks glum. He plays with slumped shoulders and never really looks like he’s enjoying what he’s doing, walking around the field without a care in the world.
When you’ve got the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of you in the pecking order, you need to show that you’re motivated to try and force your way into the side. Martial, right now, is doing the exact opposite and that has to be a massive worry.
The fans have always had Martial’s back, but last night felt significant. The supporters are starting to become concerned about what the 25-year-old is offering and worryingly, they’re aware he’s not been good enough.
Honestly, I think a fresh start for Martial suits everyone. United would get a decent fee for a talented player, while the attacker would be given a new lease of life elsewhere. Hopefully, his next destination is outside of England, so he can’t come back to hurt us twice a year.
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