Anthony Martial says he sacrificed himself for the team by playing injured

Anthony Martial has given a rare interview to magazine France Football in which he opened up on his frustration in recent seasons.

The interview was transcribed by The Mail and sees Martial explaining how former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pushed him to play when he was not fully fit.

Martial says his performance dipped and he was criticised for it, which he accepted, but says he never got any credit for putting his body on the line because nobody knew he did so.

The Manchester United forward is still bitter about the situation and says he felt ‘injustice’ at the criticism his performance received.

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Martial says he sacrificed himself for the team

Martial explained: “People don’t know it, I couldn’t accelerate during the four months following the Covid season. The coach tells me he needs me, so I play.

“But, given my game, if I can’t accelerate, it becomes very complicated all the same. And I got set on fire [criticised by fans]… the coach never bothered to tell the media. 

“I took it very badly, I had a feeling of injustice, you are asked to sacrifice yourself for the team and behind the scenes you are dismissed. For me, it’s almost treachery. That’s all I hate. I can be blamed, but not for being fake.”

Martial also hit out at former boss Jose Mourinho for taking the number nine shirt off him and criticising him in the media when he was so young.

Ironically, Martial is currently out injured, and has played only 45 minutes for Manchester United this season from the opening seven games.

Fitness is the striker’s biggest issue, it ruined his loan spell at Sevilla last season, where he picked up three separate injuries.

This season he has already picked up two injuries, one to his hamstring and another to his Achilles, ruining the positive momentum he was building in pre-season under Erik ten Hag.

A knee injury also caused him to miss the Europa League final and Euro 2020. Martial may blame his former boss for some of the criticism he has received, but the big problem is his body keeps letting him down. All the talent in the world can’t solve that.

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