Man Utd star Anthony Martial slammed after Carabao Cup defeat – ‘horrible to watch’
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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has been slammed by former Red Devils frontman Dion Dublin after his lacklustre display contributed to United’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of West Ham. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed the Frenchman a rare start which simply had to be capitalised on, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani set to make opportunities through the middle extremely scarce this season.
Solskjaer’s side snatched a dramatic victory at the London Stadium on Sunday, thanks in part to a heroic stoppage-time penalty save by David De Gea.
This time around, there was no such drama as an early Manuel Lanzini strike proved the difference, despite United’s 27 attempts on goal.
Crucial opportunities were handed to Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Martial and others in a much-changed side before Premier League action resumes this weekend.
In five outings so far this campaign, Martial is yet to register a goal or assist, making it desperate times for the 25-year-old given that Ronaldo has hit the ground running since his return to the club.
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Dublin was not impressed with Wednesday night’s display, telling BBC Sport: “There were too many parts in the game where Manchester United did not do enough, the final third was poor.
“We need to see more from Anthony Martial, we have said it many times before but he is not helping his cause.
“I want to see him sweating and putting the ball in the back of the net.
“He has not done enough since being at United, you see flashes and think it is the start then he doesn’t do anything.
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“His body language is horrible to watch, he doesn’t want to run around and work hard to be Manchester United’s number nine.”
Martial has always been a striker criticised for his workrate, but he has shown such quality in flashes that the club have been patient in the hope that he will eventually come good on a consistent basis.
His performance will not present too many more opportunities to prove himself, although Solskjaer was not outwardly critical of him after the game.
“You want to go through of course but it’s a long season and I thought everyone gave it a good go, can’t fault the attitude, we’ve got big games coming up and this was the decision we made,” he said.
“Mason [Greenwood] came on and made a positive impact no doubt.
“Fresh, sharp, could’ve got a goal but it was too little too late and the last six or seven minutes we’re going to go gung ho and they could’ve got a couple.
“We didn’t create big chances but we built pressure, we had a couple of chances.”
A date with Aston Villa is set for Saturday, and Martial will almost certainly be waiting for his next chance to shine from the sidelines.
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