Why Martial must not wear a Man United jersey again – Dion Dublin
Former Manchester United forward Dion Dublin has slammed Anthony Martial for his underwhelming performance against West Ham United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
David Moyes oversaw a 1-0 win for the Hammers at his old haunts, thanks to an early Manuel Lanzini goal, ending the London club’s 14-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford, which last occurred when Carlos Tevez was wearing claret and blue.
Due to their European commitments, both clubs advanced to the third round, but Manchester United were eliminated at the first hurdle, while the Hammers were rewarded with a home tie against reigning EFL Cup holders Manchester City for their efforts on Wednesday.
Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David Moyes used heavily rotated XIs from Sunday’s game, which Manchester United won 2-1 thanks to a late Jesse Lingard goal, with the England international given a rare start alongside the likes of Juan Mata, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, and Anthony Martial, among others.
The 25-year-old has fallen down the pecking order this season following the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and the continued emergence of Mason Greenwood, but the contest against West Ham represented an ideal opportunity for Martial to keep his name in Solskjaer’s thoughts.
However, the Frenchman largely flattered to deceive as the host’s fired a blank and exited the tournament, leading to BBC Five Live pundit Dublin to hit out at his performance after the match, believing the struggling forward simply isn’t working hard enough to justify a starting berth.
Dublin said: “We need to see more from Anthony Martial, we have said it many times before but he is not helping his cause.
“I want to see him sweating and putting the ball in the back of the net. He has not done enough since being at United, you see flashes and think it is the start then he doesn’t do anything.
“His body language is horrible to watch, he doesn’t want to run around and work hard to be Manchester United’s No 9.
“There were too many parts in the game where Manchester United did not do enough, the final third was poor.”
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