Why letting Anthony Martial leave Manchester United would be a mistake

In recent weeks the speculation surrounding the French star Anthony Martial’s future at United has increased, fuelled even more by his agent Philippe Lamboley telling the Evening Standard;

“Will (Martial) stay in Manchester in the summer? At the moment, I cannot say anything else about it.”

But with such potential and being so young, letting the 22-year-old leave Old Trafford would be a massive mistake and the club must do everything possible to secure Martial’s long terms future.

He arrived at Old Trafford back in 2015, a somewhat unknown quantity. Coming from French side Monaco for a fee that could rise to £57 million, the French International made an immediate impact scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win against rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

His debut season couldn’t have gone better for the then 19-year-old, finishing as the club’s top scorer with 17 goals, the highlight coming when he scored the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton, before starring in the final win against Crystal Palace as Martial won his first trophy as a red.

The Frenchman’s second season was somewhat a tougher affair with Jose Mourinho arriving along with a new style of playing. He was in constant battle with Marcus Rashford for a spot on the left-wing as the number 10 spot was taken by Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His game time was limited due to the form of Rashford along with the battle with boss Mourinho who warned them about his form.

His future was thrown into question last season as he was not a favourite of the boss, Mourinho, but after the Frenchman laid his future to rest by saying on social media “the papers are wrong, don’t listen to them”, he regained form towards the end of the season and appeared in both the Carabao Cup and Europa League wins, to claim his third and fourth trophy as a United player.

Even though Martial has been somewhat inconsistent since his first season at Old Trafford, to cash in on someone so young and with so much potential will prove to be a big mistake in seasons to come. He is a player who needs a run in the team and to be trusted in order to play his best football, and when he has had that this season he has played great football.

At the start of the season, he starred alongside Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba as United won seven of their opening nine games of the season. It proved how the Frenchman can perform if given a run in the side, and despite being in and out of the team this season, when called upon he has predominantly played well.

With the summer transfer window only a couple of months away now, Martial’s future will be decided one way or another but to get rid of a player who Gary Neville said, “can be anything he wants to be”, would be a great mistake.

After all, he is only 22 and will not reach his peak for another five years, he just needs to be given time and a run in the side, and it’s inevitable he can be one of the best players in Europe.

Written by Dan Pearce

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