The French striker is fighting for his place in the Mancunian workforce this season, where the competition ahead is tough.
Anthony Martial must “apply” if he has any chance of a future at Manchester United, said Dwight Yorke.
The Frenchman scored his first goal of the season against Everton last weekend, but struggled to find his form last year. Last season, Martial suffered injuries, but the 25-year-old still only scored seven goals in 36 appearances.
With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Martial has only been started twice since the Portugal international signed, prompting many to suggest that his time at Old Trafford should end.
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While Yorke believes Martial needs a good streak of games to stand a chance this season, he admits big improvements are needed if he has a long-term future at the club.
“When you play for this club and you don’t get the job done and your form drops for whatever reason, you are going to be watched. He has to pull himself together if he has a future in this football club.”Yorke told Goal.
“He undoubtedly has immense talent and all the attributes that we love to see in an attacking player and there is no doubt that he can be that vital player for us, but at the moment he is not in the game. the team and he has to find a way to get back into the team. ”
Apart from the 2019-20 season where he scored 23 goals, the French striker has struggled to reach the top since signing at the club in 2015. He only managed to register more than 20 goals in one. times in six seasons at Old Trafford, which deservedly earned him some criticism.
“He’s been a little mixed to be fair. He’s had this season where he was exceptional and where he posed a serious threat, but I think he was treated unfairly in a certain way because I think the role number 9 is a specialist role and one that you must play in this position week after week, to familiarize yourself with it “, Yorke said.
“When he started he started on the left and then on the right, so he’s not very stable yet. He needs to play week after week to see the best of himself. You can’t give him 10 or 20 minutes and you expect it to be the finished product, it doesn’t happen. “
Another obstacle to Martial’s playing time was Ronaldo’s last minute arrival just before the transfer window closed. Solskjaer has been criticized for failing to start the Portugal international in the 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend and he is unlikely to start many more games on the bench.
Solskjaer has been keen to make sure his side don’t focus too much on Ronaldo, but with such a big name on the squad, it’s hard to take attention away from him. But Wes Brown believes that the team’s performance has not suffered since his arrival.
“I think we can always see that it’s the team that matters. I don’t think it’s just about giving the ball to Ronaldo, said the former United defender. I think there will be total respect for what he has done and achieved, for the level he brings to the club and for the level he brings to himself.
“At the end of the day it’s the players who try to set him up, he plays at the number 9 position, he holds the ball and is in the right place, but at the end of the day it’s everyone’s job. the other players to pass the ball to him. ”
Yorke believes Ronaldo’s arrival should be enough to force the players around him to rise to the occasion.
“The players have to get in tune and if you can’t feed off that energy and the high level it brings, then something is wrong at the club, he added. That’s what the players have to understand, they can’t always count on him because, yes, he will have days without, and other people will have to contribute, but when you have a special player like him on the squad , you get a feeling of joy. ”
Only time will tell if the buzz of Ronaldo’s arrival will rub off on Martial and help him progress this season.