Anthony Martial, the one-time teen prodigy who never quite fulfilled his exceptional promise, is one Manchester United player who is unable to enjoy their excellent form. Read more about Mason Greenwood here.
Although Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, and Mason Greenwood have been lauded for helping United make the Europa League final and go 14 games without defeat in the Premier League before losing to Leicester this week, Martial has been sidelined with a knee injury. He hasn’t appeared for United since a 3-1 FA Cup loss at Leicester in March, and Greenwood’s success, along with Cavani’s signing of a new one-year contract this week, means the Frenchman’s chances next season are likely to be minimal.
It’s all part of Martial’s downfall. After bursting onto the scene at 19 with a dazzling debut goal against Liverpool after a £36 million transfer from Monaco. Now 25, he is really at a fork in the track. The fact is that he was still suffering before his most recent medical setback. Even the most passionate Martial supporter would have to admit United has looked safer without him. He had just seven goals in 36 games, compared to 23 goals last season.
The big mystery is what comes next because Martial has the talent to succeed at Old Trafford in principle. On his day, he can be unplayable due to his pace, skill, and ability to finish. The problem is that those days don’t come along very much.
The problem is that those days don’t come often enough for a team that wants to win the Premier League next year.
Last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his forward. “There are still players in and around the squad, and outside the club. They would like to be No 9 for Manchester United.”
Cavani has since arrived and made an immediate impression. Although United has also been linked with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.
United would not want to lose Martial.
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