Anthony Martial has been in the spotlight lately after finding it difficult to get playing time at Manchester United. The Frenchman actually has great potential since joining the Red Devils in 2015. However, during that time he has struggled to find consistency.
The presence of a new line of strikers, such as Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo, further complicates the situation for the player. Rumors of his departure were blowing fast considering his contract ended in June 2022. Leaving United at this time seems to make sense to save his career. He is only 25 years old and still has a lot of time to develop.
1. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho
This season, Anthony Martial’s position has been marginalized after Manchester United brought in two megastars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. Previously, he had lost to compete with the presence of Edinson Cavani who appeared impressive in his inaugural season. This condition left him with no choice but to leave to save his long career.
This season, Martial has scored 1 goal in 5 matches with 156 minutes played in the Premier League. Inter Milan and Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing him. It could be an option for the French striker to find his new adventure.
2. The emergence of young Manchester United players
In recent seasons, Manchester United’s academy has again spawned great talent. Young players like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, and Mason Greenwood have been successful in breaking into the first team for a long time. This season, their performance is getting better.
The latest products such as Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga also started to enter the main team. Their performance is eye-catching. This is certainly good news for management and fans. However, they will need space to develop, so United will have to release some of their players. Martial could be one of the victims. Moreover, the player often appears inconsistent despite having great potential.
3. Often criticized by fans
Manchester United’s draw with Southampton in August made fans question Anthony Martial’s commitment. The striker appeared as a starter, but couldn’t make much of an impact during the game. He was then substituted in the second half.
Martial’s glaring problem during that match was the lack of movement in the opponent’s box. He is even considered too lazy and lacks creativity in making space. Fan criticism is not the only time this has happened.
4. Inconsistency and not ideal playing position
Joining the Red Devils in 2015, Anthony Martial appeared promising in his debut match by scoring a goal against Liverpool. In his first season, he scored 11 goals and 4 assists in 31 Premier League games. However, since then, its performance tends to decline. He only scored 4 goals the following season and 10 goals in the 2018/2019 season.
His best performance occurred in the 2019/2020 season by scoring 17 goals and 7 assists from 32 Premier League matches. One of the factors that made his performance decline was his not ideal playing position. Early in his career, he featured on the left wing, but United now have Marcus Rashford. Meanwhile, the right wing is filled with Mason Greenwood. Martial is more often plotted as the main striker. Now, with the presence of Cavani and Ronaldo, it is increasingly difficult to get playing time.
5. More promising offers from other clubs
Newcastle United has now emerged as a wealthy club after being taken over by Mohammed bin Salman. The Magpies want to strengthen their squad by bringing in some new talent. Martial is one of them.
The next January transfer window will be the perfect opportunity for the Maggpies to bring in the Frenchman. MU is believed to have no objection to selling Martial if the price they are interested in is met. Various reports also reported that Barcelona, Tottenham and Inter Milan also wanted his services.
Anthony Martial’s future is still quite long and his game can still develop. This season, the MU squad is packed. Going from there seems to be a wise choice. He can follow the example of Memphis Depay and Romelu Lukaku who impressed after leaving Old Trafford.