The past month has not gone as planned for Manchester United and it certainly has not panned out as Anthony Martial will have hoped.
In October, Martial managed to score his first goal of the season in United’s draw with Everton, the last match before the international break.
While he picked up a knock which saw him leave that game early, Martial still went away with France and was part of their squad for the UEFA Nations League.
Since returning, rather than being able to use his momentum from scoring his goal, to kick on, Martial has not had a chance.
Martial has not played a single minute for United between the October and November international breaks.
The Frenchman has at times not made United’s matchday squads, perhaps fitness related. If it is, then United have not been forthcoming in communicating what the issue is. He has been pictured in training from October 19 onwards.
Martial has been on the bench for the last two games, and his snub this past weekend showed how he ranks in Solskjaer’s thoughts.
The situation is striking considering how Marcus Rashford had been sick and was barely passed fit to play.
The Mail report of Rashford coming on instead of Martial or Jesse Lingard: “The decision mystified his team-mates “.
Martial has lost his place in the France squad for this break and will have to focus on turning his club career around.
Currently he is a fifth choice forward behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
The ability to knit United together
Martial’s performance levels can fluctuate. United have seen this over the past two seasons.
If you think back to the last game with City, Martial was absolutely key, leading the line as United won 2-0 at The Etihad.
Martial won a penalty and gave Ruben Dias the runaround, and this kind of effective link play could have helped United get Cristiano Ronaldo into the game more.
If Solskjaer stays in charge, you could not blame Martial for seeking an exit this coming January.
It is impossible to keep the whole squad happy and satisfy everybody’s desire for game time, but decisions like the call to bring a poorly Rashford off the bench at the weekend typify how Solskjaer has been getting it wrong.
Solskjaer showed him where he stands at the weekend. Martial is not a player he considers valuable right now, and he will no doubt be reflecting on his future over the break.
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