Manchester United were back to winning ways this past weekend after a 2-1 victory over Everton, and there was one man who stood out among the rest.
Anthony Martial won a penalty in the first half, and then scored the decisive goal in the second half of the game to ensure that his team ran out winners at Old Trafford.
Manager Jose Mourinho backed his player, and was quick to recognize the efforts of the Frenchman in the last few games for the club, which is a huge achievement considering that his future with the Red Devils looked bleak just this past summer.
Martial reportedly wanted to leave United after being left on the bench for much of last season, and though he did end up staying, his opportunities have been limited this term as well.
And if you ask former Manchester United player Gary Neville, his exclusion was for good reason. Speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, the legendary defender didn’t have too many kind words for the youngster.
“Some weeks I think he’s brilliant, other weeks I’m not sure he’s a Manchester United player,” Neville explained. “What drives me crazy about him is his off the ball work… He doesn’t know where to be and where to run at the right times.”
Neville’s analysis has been praised by Manchester United fans in particular, who agree that Martial doesn’t give enough to the team from a defensive point of view.
His goals and assists are also dependent on his mood more often than not, and commitment can sometimes be an issue with the 22-year-old.
Despite the obvious flaws, United fans are aware of just how dangerous the youngster can be on his day, and they will be hopeful that consistency can be added to the impressive repertoire that Martial possesses.