Former Manchester United striker and club icon Dwight Yorke has sent a message to struggling Red Devils’ centre-forward Anthony Martial.
Speaking to Goal, Dwight Yorke has opened up the struggles of Manchester United striker Anthony Martial and has given some advice on how the Frenchman can get out of his slump.
Martial has been at Manchester United for six years now but has been largely inconsistent. Apart from his debut season and the 2019/20 campaign, the 25-year-old has struggled to produce the goods in front of goal, with the 2020/21 campaign proving to be a hugely underwhelming one.
The Frenchman has started the new season on a slow note as well, scoring his first goal of the campaign this past weekend against Everton. Given his struggles, Martial had been linked with an exit during the summer, but Manchester United decided to hold on to him for another campaign, despite adding Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho to the ranks.
Now, Yorke has reacted to the former AS Monaco prodigy’s struggles at Old Trafford. Speaking to Goal, he said: “When you play for this club and you’re not doing the business and your form dips for whatever reason you’re going to be under scrutiny. He’s got to buckle down really if he has a future at this football club.”
“He’s undoubtedly got immense talent and all the attributes we like to see in an attacking player and there’s no question he can be that vital player for us but at the moment he’s not in the squad and he’s got to find a way to get back into the team.”
“He’s been a bit of a mixed bag to be fair. He had that one season when he was outstanding and he looked a serious threat but I think he’s been unfairly treated in some way because I think that No.9 role is a specialist role and you have to play that position week in, week out, to get familiarised with it,” Yorke said.
“When he first started off he started off on the left and then the right so he’s not really settled that much. He needs to be playing week in week out to really see the best of him. You can’t give him 10 or 20 minutes and expect him to be the finished article, it just doesn’t happen.”
Yorke further added that Ronaldo’s arrival should make Martial step up and deliver. “The players have to step up to the plate and if you can’t buzz off that and feed off that energy and the high standard that he brings then something must be wrong at the club.”