Tony Cascarino, former Aston Villa striker, is of the opinion that Anthony Martial is no longer working hard for his Manchester United shirt and his work rate is far from what it should be when you are representing a top club like ours.
In one of the rare seasons this time around when Martial hasn’t been regularly out due to injuries, the world cup winner has often been utilised as the central striker after Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan during the last summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old has scored six goals in all competitions this season, with just four in the Premier League. Cascarino does not doubt Martial’s talent but has questioned his effort and desire for the cause.
I speak a lot about work-rate in this column and another player who sparks debate is Anthony Martial,” Cascarino wrote in The Times.
“He plays on his terms and that’s not good enough for Manchester United.
“He’s so talented but if he tries a flick and it doesn’t come off he sulks and slumps – compare that to young Daniel James, who isn’t as technically good but works so much harder for the team.
“Martial’s not a centre forward and I’m not sure he works hard enough to play out wide so I don’t see what future he has – maybe impact sub?
“He got a new contract based on his value in the transfer market and that is dangerous, it sends out the wrong message to the players and means the manager may feel obliged to pick him.”
Manchester United face Colchester United in the Carabao cup next.