Ferdinand explains the mistakes that Anthony Martial made at Manchester United

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has explained the reasons behind the struggles of Anthony Martial at the Old Trafford stadium. 

Having failed to break into the starting eleven of the interim boss Ralf Rangnick, the Red Devils hierarchy have decided to send the Frenchman out on loan until the end of this season. The 26-year-old has started only four games in all competitions this term, scoring a solitary goal. 

Speaking with his YouTube channel Vibe with Five, quoted by football365, Ferdinand stated about Martial that despite possessing enough qualities with the ball to his feet, the Frenchman’s movement off the ball wasn’t threatening enough to trouble the opposition defence. The defender said:

“When Martial gets the ball to feet he’s a threat to any defender, you can tell, you can see defenders are on edge when he gets the ball. When he runs at you he’s phenomenal. I just feel with Anthony Martial he didn’t move enough off the ball, he didn’t make runs in behind.

“But he’s quick! Sometimes you’ve got to vary the way you attack opponents and you can’t always want the ball to feet. I just feel he probably didn’t hurt defenders in behind as much as he could have, and he didn’t threaten in behind like he should have.”

The United legend further claims that the 26-year-old’s biggest problem is his inconsistency and it is hard to build a successful team with inconsistent players in the squad. Ferdinand said:

“You see things levied at him that he didn’t smile or he was moody etcetera, but I just feel if you look more at his football and the way he played his football: inconsistencies. When you’re going to build a winning team you can’t have people that are inconsistent in your team.

“It’s about output and doing it on a consistent basis and I think there might be some sort of mentality shift that he needs, maturity maybe. But something has got to click from within for him to go on now and really fulfil that potential that he has because I think he’s a fabulous footballer on his day but there haven’t been enough of those days.” 

Our view:

Anthony Martial displayed a promising debut season under Louis Van Gaal. However, following the arrival of José Mourinho things have gone downhill for the Frenchman at the Old Trafford stadium. The Portuguese didn’t give enough game time to the ex-Monaco man which prevented him from developing. 

Meanwhile, the consistent managerial changes haven’t helped the 26-year-old either as every boss came with a different style of football which restrained him from settling down at the Old Trafford stadium. 

However, Anthony Martial started to play regularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but after a productive campaign, scoring over 20 goals in a season, he failed to replicate the same performance in the following season. Therefore, it is the right decision by Manchester United to let him go elsewhere and play regular first-team football in order to regain his confidence back. 

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