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Manchester United legends Andy Cole and Gary Neville have claimed that Anthony Martial is a symbol of the club’s difficult footballing pursuits after the striker was selected to lead the team against Newcastle.
Cole highlighted that Martial had scored 89 goals in his 310 appearances for the club since joining in 2015.
The former striker insisted the stats showed Martial was unable to help the club succeed.
“It’s tough, he’s been here for nine years now. “When you play for Man United and he doesn’t score enough goals,” Cole told Sky Sports.
“I’m thinking, can he get himself to where they need to be.” “He’s been here for nine years and hasn’t done it, so there’s little chance he’ll do it now.”
Anthony Martial was allowed to start in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup game against Newcastle
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When he signed as a teenager for a fee potentially up to £57.6 million, Martial was highly valued.
Ultimately, Man United only paid £44.7 million as the bonus payments were not activated.
The 27-year-old scored nine goals for Man United last season after returning from a short loan spell at Sevilla in 2022.
Neville insisted it was “absolutely incredible” that Martial was staying at the club, but admitted his time at the club had been affected by a series of injuries.
The former Man United defender stressed that the lack of quality options has increased the pressure on the club’s £72million summer signing. Ramus Hojlund.
“Andy has come up with stats there that are stark. “If you listen to the stats there and think he’s a goalscorer who cost £50/60 million and scored 89 goals in nine years, we can “Still not out of the club,” Neville said.
“I don’t think we’re tough enough.” The failure of the football and recruiting departments is absolutely unbelievable.
“The reality is that he should not be leading in any competition.
“They have the young lad Hojlund who is really promising but they need experience alongside him.”
“If he came to United and his partner was Cole, Yorke or Cantona, you would see a sensation because the pressure would be off him. “I feel a bit sorry for him.”