Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has ruthlessly claimed that Anthony Martial “isn’t a Man United player” and will ‘excite’ fans before ultimately ‘letting’ them down.

Martial delivered an underwhelming performance in United’s 3-1 defeat to Premier League rivals Arsenal at the Emirates ahead of the international break.

The 27­-year-old Frenchman, who was criticised by fans, was hooked off in the second half against the Gunners and made way for £72m signing Rasmus Hojlund.

Martial is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer and his long-term future at United has been plunged into doubt with the arrival of Denmark striker Hojlund.

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Souness hits out at Martial

Souness pulled no punches towards Martial by claiming that he is not a “long-term” solution for United’s hopes to win the Premier League and Champions League.

The former Sky Sports pundit also made the same aforementioned claim for Jadon Sancho, whose United future has been cast in doubt after calling out Erik ten Hag.

“I wrote an article five years ago stating it was the last chance saloon for Anthony Martial. Yet he’s still starting matches as their main focal point in attack,” he told The Daily Express.

“He isn’t a Man United player. He will get you excited and then let you down.

“I still don’t think Antony or Jadon Sancho are long-term solutions for United if they want to win the Premier League and Champions League. They’re still relying on Marcus Rashford.”

Martial’s divisive performance against Arsenal

United manager Ten Hag surprised many people ahead of the international break by claiming that he was “pleased” with Martial’s performance against Arsenal.

Despite Ten Hag’s remarks on Martial, Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane was far from impressed with the player and he didn’t hold back with his brutal criticism.

“Look at Martial, the manager praised him, I don’t think he had a kick. He didn’t do too much,” the United legend said.

Martial has featured in three of United’s opening four Premier League matches this season, with the ex-France international being an unused sub against Wolves.

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