When Anthony Martial ticks, so do Manchester United. It’s time the Frenchman stepped up and delivered the best season of his career.
Martial’s 2018/19 campaign was marred by inconsistency. His best stretch of form came in October and November when he scored five goals in six games.
He only netted a further six in all competitions over the rest of the season.
He ended the season poorly, with an apparent lack of effort being pointed at by some supporters. The last time he completed 90 minutes was the disastrous 4-0 loss to Everton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is to get Martial firing. Starting just 18 league games of a possible 38 is one of the problems.
Injury accounts for some of this, but once again, Martial being in and out of the XI can’t help him.
We all remember when Martial arrived at United, he was touted as a future striker. His composure in front of goal showed why.
If Romelu Lukaku is sold, it’s unclear if United will look to replace him given the other areas of the team which need strengthening.
Solskjaer could look to utilise what he has, and this may mean playing Martial as a striker, to compete with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
This could be the best thing to happen for Martial and United.
United have paid a total of £44.7 million to Monaco for Martial, The Telegraph reported last year.
He signed a contract extension in early 2019, ending speculation over his future. Club and player are both invested in making this work.
United need to get Martial to a peak level of performance, on a consistent basis. We know he can be a world beater when he is on his game.
If Martial can put together a season where he hits 20 plus goals, it will be a major breakthrough. He can establish himself as United’s most important player.