Man Utd fans should be worried by what Joel Glazer thinks of Anthony Martial – it’s AWFUL | Football | Sport
Manchester United fans have been, largely, protective of Martial ever since he arrived from Monaco nearly four years ago.
To them, the France international has the potential to develop into rip-roaring winger of the Cristiano Ronaldo calibre. In their eyes, Jose Mourinho merely stunted his growth.
And Glazer reportedly rates him too. A new report from ESPN suggests Martial has the luxury of being backed by the United owner. In the American’s eyes, the 23-year-old is ‘Pele’.
How has it come to this? Seriously?
It’s so, so odd that Glazer rates Martial that highly. Four years ago, when he scored on his United debut against Liverpool, you could be forgiven for admiring the American’s confidence in his investment.
But now? What an odd thing to think. It is, perhaps, indicative of somebody who may not watch every United game.
There’s no denying Martial has talent. On his day, he can be one of the best player in the Premier League.
But he has not developed since signing. Seriously, he is no better now than he was before.
Martial arrived at United as an ice-cold finisher. In his first season, under Louis van Gaal, he hit 17 goals playing down the middle.
And then Mourinho came along. And then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Martial has failed to evolve under either, failing to better his goal tally in the years since.
Solskjaer knows Martial is capable of the sublime.
“Anthony’s got goals in him, it’s up to us to move forward and get that into him again,” he said after the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
“I’m sure we’ll see him scoring goals again in the future.”
But, right now, he’s not even in Solskjaer’s thinking. That he was benched for the Cardiff defeat on Sunday speaks volumes.
Martial is symbolic of a United side with dire attitude. From top to bottom.
His form has tailed off since he signed a contract extension in January. Jose Mourinho always suspected he only played well when it suited him. That seems correct.
The 23-year-old isn’t a Pele. Among the United fans INSIDE Old Trafford – and not the keyboard warriors on social media – he isn’t the most popular.
Martial’s song hasn’t changed since he scored against Liverpool. And that’s because, during his four years at the club, he has done precious little.
For Glazer to think of the France international as Pele – one who didn’t even make their World Cup squad last summer – should worry fans. If they think mediocre is great, there’s no hope.
And United supporters should afford the player the same treatment as Paul Pogba. At least Pogba scores goals and creates.
Martial, when he’s sulking, doesn’t do that. He stays sulky.
United do not need any passengers on their way back to the top. It’s time for Martial to make good on his talent – or face being known as another star who failed at Old Trafford.