Manchester United forward Anthony Martial put in a poor performance in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley last night. The Frenchman was by no means the only player who performed below expectations but the player’s inconsistency is a long-standing problem.
Supporters on Twitter have been questioning whether the 23-year-old has the ability to lead the line for the Red Devils:
I agree. He wants it on a plate all the time. Doesn’t work hard enough for me.
— robert bolton (@bob55bolton) 23 January 2020
The chance he had in the box last night with the bad first touch and then tried to take in the defender instead of slotting it in done it for me. Not clinical at all for a striker
— Bkooda (@Bkooda2) 23 January 2020
He doesn't have the mentality to lead a line.
— Graham Potter🔴⚪⚫🇾🇪🏴 (@GPotter_MUFC) 22 January 2020
Hes a square peg in a round hole. He plays best when facing the goal & when others are making runs to take the 3 defenders needed to keep him quiet.
Isolated up front on his own you might as well have William Prunier up there.
— Eoin Slattery (@slattsmachine) 23 January 2020
If hes world class like most people say….why dont France play him in their 1st team ?….because they dont carry passengers
— Simon DAVIDSON (@SimonDA30692999) 23 January 2020
Exactly right. He's been there 5 years now.
He's not up to it.
He looks great in about half a dozen games a year and has slated along on that for years.
Lukaku wasn't perfect but was a damn sight better and we sold him for a stupidly low fee which is paid over 3 or 4 years. Joke.
— Jesus H Christ79 (@JesusHChrist79) 23 January 2020
Agreed he’d be out the door with any decent manager.
— Marv Bennett (@marvelous_769) 22 January 2020
Hes not. When the chips are down he's no where to be seen! Talented player but cant be relied on especially in a team that lacks creativity!
— Ciaran Cassley (@ccass88) 22 January 2020
Martial’s 11 goals this campaign is just one behind the total he managed for the whole of last season, but it isn’t necessarily his goal output which is concerning fans, but his all-round game.
As well as wasting two decent chances in the first half against Burnley, his link-up play was poor, and he looked isolated without the likes of Marcus Rashford around him.
Martial looks like the type of player who needs very good support that he can feed off, and at the moment, without the quality around him, he looks like a very ordinary player.