Rio Ferdinand believes that Anthony Martial has regressed since joining the club from Monaco in 2015. He revealed that the Frenchman still has time to fulfil the potential he showed six years ago. Martial had a disappointing season for Manchester United capping it off with a knee injury in April that ruled him out of the rest of the season. He made 22 appearances for the club but managed to score just four goals. His replacement Mason Greenwood set the league on fire with Ferdinand calling for Greenwood to lead the line.
“I think the most frustrating thing about him is that he’s actually gone backwards from when he first signed.” Rio Ferdinand said talking about Anthony Martial. “If you’re a player and you look at when he hit the scene with the two goals against Liverpool and you think to yourself, ‘Wow what have we signed here?’. He’s not really hit those heights since. As a player, I’d love to be able to get inside his head and spend time with him. Everyone thinks they can affect someone with a conversation.”
“You’d be saying to him, ‘Are you actually happy with what you’re doing, are you happy with your trajectory of how it’s going?’.” he added. “Talent-wise, from what I’m told from people, I remember Michael Carrick first went in and saw him and said, ‘Rio, this kid could be one of the best players on the planet easy, some of the stuff he does in training takes your breath away.”