The France international has been linked with a summer transfer to Stamford Bridge after his agent revealed the 22-year-old wants out of Man United
Manchester United is the wrong fit for Anthony Martial and sealing a move away from Old Trafford this summer would be wise, according to former England international Dean Ashton.
Martial, the forward, wants to leave the Red Devils this summer due to his lack of game time under Jose Mourinho.
The 22-year-old’s agent publically revealed Martial’s wishes earlier this summer, after his client started just eight league matches in 2018 and basically became third choice left-winger when Alexis Sanchez was signed by United.
Martial’s lack of game time has impacted his form, and he had to watch from home as France won the World Cup having been dropped from the national set-up by Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps.
2015/16: 49 apps (17 goals + 9 assists)
2016/17: 42 apps (8 goals + 8 assists)
2017/18: 45 apps (11 goals + 9 assists)
Chelsea have emerged as holding an interest in Martial, and they wish to sign the forward this summer as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who is expected to join Real Madrid.
And Ashton believes leaving Old Trafford would be a good idea for Martial as he just doesn’t fit at United under Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils’ manager.
Ashton told talkSPORT: “He’s a player who, for me, at this moment flatters to deceive.
“When you watch him play he does some brilliant things and looks exciting, he just doesn’t give that end product and a consistent performance throughout a whole game; he just shows little flashes.
“Also, he’s defensively poor – especially in a Mourinho team where he likes his wide players to do a job.
“But you can just see he has so much talent – electric pace, [he] can finish – but he needs to do it consistently. If you are at a top club you can’t afford to have a couple of bad games.
“I know he’s young, but at the moment it doesn’t seem the right fit, and maybe he does need to go to a different club that will give him a bit more freedom where he can really thrive, because I don’t think that’s going to happen at Manchester United.”
Martial quickly established himself a fan favourite at Old Trafford following his move to the club in 2015, and the United faithful have often questioned Mourinho’s handling of the forward.
The Portuguese has a poor record with developing young players, and should Martial leave, he will become the latest starlet thrown on the junk pile by Mourinho who has the potential to go on and enjoy a glorious career.
Asked if Martial needs to play for a manager more tolerant of young players and more willing to nurture them, Ashton replied: “I wouldn’t say more tolerant of younger players.
“It’s just that Mourinho expects certain things from his attacking wide players. He expects them to defend properly and to produce game in, game out at the top level – and he just hasn’t done that.
“Certain players need a certain style of football to get the best out of them. That [Manchester United’s] style of football doesn’t suit Anthony Martial.”