Pallister: This season will be make-or-break for Anthony Martial


Anthony Martial has a great start at Manchester United after signing for the Old Trafford club on deadline day in the summer of 2015. That season the player scored 17 goals in all competitions and showed the English media up for writing him off after United made a ‘panic buy’ spending an initial £36 million on the player, which was immediately deemed a ‘waste of money’. Ray Parlour, a former Arsenal midfielder and now pundit tweeted about Martial being a massive waste of money, but days later after he scored against Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League, also putting out some more decent performances, the former player admitted he was wrong, getting my respect. Martial’s blistering pace and his ability to cut into the box, weave through the defenders and score remarkable goals is something the player should be known for a lot more. Last season the Frenchman did not do himself much justice, looking

Martial’s blistering pace and his ability to cut into the box, weave through the defenders and score remarkable goals is something the player should be known for a lot more. Last season the Frenchman did not do himself much justice, looking laxidasical at times and being the brunt of much criticism from United manager Jose Mourinho. his summer though, on the clubs pre-season tour of the United States of America, Martial has looked like the player United signed nearly two years ago. The assist he made for Jesse Lingard to take the lead in the last-minute of the first half against Real Madrid showed Martial’s class and Mourinho and every United supporter will be hoping that stays. Gary Pallister, speaking exclusively to 888sport believes this season will be make-or-break for Martial, saying:

“It was a tough year for Martial. He had problems off the pitch and at times he looked disenchanted. Jose questioned his attitude a few times last season and what he was doing on the pitch but he’s had some good moments in the pre-season games and hopefully, he learns from last year. Old Trafford is a goldfish bowl and he will be under pressure but there is no doubting the talent that he has. He has pace and power but last year I don’t think his head was in the right place. It is make-or-break time in a way and he has to ensure he starts the season well.”

Martial has the ability and without making excuses for him, last season was tough as he had many off the field problems which would have affected his mindset ahead of matches, which could have been the main reason for his poor performances. The player this summer has been the subject of much speculation, the player suggesting most of it is rubbish using his Twitter account to go against the stories the English media have written about him wanting to leave the Old Trafford club. Anthony Martial has also been linked to Italian club Inter Milan who reportedly asked for him to be made part of the deal which saw Ivan Perisic leave for the Theatre of Dreams, which would be a poor deal for United and seemingly will not happen. The player has been linked to Paris Saint-Germain also in a swap deal for Marco Verratti, something which seemed to be dreamt up by the media.

Pallister is right though, this season has to be the season of Anthony Martial at Manchester United. Playing him on that left-flank will play with the opposition’s defences throughout the new season, which could see United scoring more goals through Martial himself, or with the Frenchman assisting for his teammates. Romelu Lukaku, the clubs new striker could well gain from Martial playing on the left flank, which could see the Belgian marksman scoring goals a plenty in the Premier League and beyond. I am sure Martial wants to get his career back on track at United. He has had to learn a new philosophy if that word still fits as we heard it a lot under the management of Louis van Gaal, so this second season under Mourinho will need to see Martial earning his plaudits again, not more criticism. If he puts his mind to it, there is no reason to stop him costing United more money with the various clauses added on to his deal which saw him switch from AS Monaco.

Read the full 888sport interview with Gary Pallister, including his thoughts on which club made the best signing of the transfer window.

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