Anthony Martial draws a blank again as Sevilla now on worst scoring run for 20 years

Manchester United lined up without a striker at the weekend and looked totally like a team missing a centre-forward. While other sides have successfully disguised this in recent years, United were unable to.

The benefit of hindsight over Mason Greenwood may have prompted United not to loan out Anthony Martial.

But over at Sevilla, Martial’s indifferent form is suggesting he would not have made much difference if he had stayed at Old Trafford.

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Worst run for 20 years

Spanish newspaper AS report Sevilla are now on their worst scoring run for 20 years. Martial drew another blank at the weekend to contribute towards this.

Sevilla lost 1-0 at Barcelona with Martial playing as a lone striker. He lasted 83 minutes and had one shot on target.

Martial has just one goal for Sevilla and has not scored in any of his most recent six appearances for the club.

AS report Sevilla now have scored just once in their last four games, and two in the last six. This is their worst streak in front of goal since 2002.

All the enthusiasm from Martial’s arrival has evaporated, with Sevilla slipping from second place and battling for the title, to fourth and looking over their shoulders.

A Europa League exit at the hands of West Ham has not helped the mood either. Sporting director Monchi told AS: “Sevilla’s goal is to finish in the top four. Now we have to grit our teeth. We’re going to suffer until the end.”

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Martial signed for Sevilla with the objective of rejuvenating his career after being overlooked in the first half of the season at United.

But it has not worked out so far. He has scored only once since joining the Spanish side.

Martial appears to have little future at United nor desire to stay.

Yet he is not succeeding in creating a market for himself. Sevilla are unlikely to want him, and United may have to settle for sending him out on loan again.

A strong end to the season would suit all parties, but as Martial is discovering, goals in Spain do not come easy.

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