Martial still disappoints: is there a lack of chances at Manchester United?
Bince September 4, Ukraine welcomed France and Antoine Martial equalized to help the Blues avoid a shocking loss as they qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Before this match, Martial received playing time in Manchester UnitedIt’s the first three games of the season but failed to find the back of the net, something he hasn’t done for the team in a long time.
His last Premier League goal for the red devils dates back to February 2021, when his team beat Southampton 9-0, and although it is a fact that Martial suffered an injury setback and hasn’t enjoyed much playing time since, yet has yet to live up to expectations at Old Trafford.
Another wasted opportunity
Martial has been offered several opportunities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the latest to come in the red devilsLosing 1-0 to West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old’s performance against the Hammers did not satisfy the former Manchester United player Dion Dublin, who claimed that Martial has only shown a glimpse of his talent since moving to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015.
“We have to see more Antoine Martial. We have already said it several times, but it does not help its cause “, Dublin said on BBC Five Live.
“I want to see him sweat and put the ball in the net. He hasn’t done enough since he got to United, you see flashes and think this is the start so it doesn’t do anything.
“His body language is horrible to watch, he doesn’t want to run and work hard to be Manchester United‘s No.9.
“There were too many parts in the game where Manchester United didn’t do enough, the last third was mediocre. “
Solskjaer supports his striker
Although he missed another chance to lift the Carabao Cup and came under criticism following the loss to West Ham, Solskjaer defended his player and stressed that he is ready to give him more opportunities in the future.
“I don’t think it’s fair to go into individual performances”, Solskjaer noted.
“Anthony was the same as the rest of the team: we played good football, we missed him a bit from that forward-thinking side and he knows what we expect of him. He will continue to work and have his chances. “
When Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani back to action, Manchester United will have many options in attack and Solskjaer will be able to rotate his team in matches against weaker opponents in the Premier League or the FA Cup.
Solskjaer can’t wait to see Martial are competing for a place in the starting lineup, but the French striker is running out of chances and must deliver soon.