Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has suggested that Anthony Martial is failing to meet expectations because he feels ‘unloved’ in a similar way to Harry Kane at Tottenham. Martial has tumbled down the pecking order at Old Trafford in recent years and has been linked with a move elsewhere ahead of the January transfer window.
The Frenchman is yet to score for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season after playing just 99 minutes of Premier League football.
He was left as an unused substitute against West Ham United and Aston Villa, with the summer arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo doing further damage to his hopes of earning of a regular spot in the side.
Martial has often struggled for consistency since joining United from Monaco in 2015 and now looks set to play a bit-part role for the foreseeable future.
However, Sheringham believes the 25-year-old can rediscover his best form if he is made to feel appreciated by Solskjaer and the club as a whole.
The former England marksman compared Martial’s situation to that of Kane, who has failed to score in the Premier League or provide an assist since he was denied a big-money move to Manchester City over the summer.
“It’s similar to Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham, centre-forwards need to be loved,” Sheringham told the Daily Mail.
“If you’re not feeling loved and appreciated, if you feel you have one chance to do well in the Carabao Cup and if you don’t, you’re not going to get anywhere near the Premier League games, it does put pressure on you.
“Tammy has gone to Roma and Jose Mourinho has said: ‘Go in there and if you miss chances, you’re not going to be out the team straight away’.
“It gives you a relaxed time. Footballers need to be relaxed and cool in front of goal, not snapping at chances.
“When you are loved by a manager, you have that feeling. Martial obviously isn’t getting that at the moment because there are other players at the club in front of him, and you feel like you have to snatch chances when you can.”
It remains to be seen whether Martial will eventually come good for United or if he will be moved on when the January window rolls around.
Borussia Dortmund have recently been credited with an interest in his services as they look to scope out a long-term replacement for Erling Haaland, who is widely expected to leave the Bundesliga giants in the near future.
However, Solskjaer recently declared that he remains a huge fan of Martial and outlined the forward’s desire to succeed at United, suggesting that he will be staying at Old Trafford for now.
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“As I’ve said before, we really rate Anthony,” the Red Devils boss told reporters last month.
“Last season was disappointing, we had injuries, he lost some form, the season before he was our top scorer.
“If Anthony is taking all the penalties, or Marcus Rashford last season would have taken all the penalties, that’s another 10-15 goals for a centre forward.
“But we’ve got Bruno [Fernandes] who’s so confident on penalties that you can’t take that away from him really.
“I’m very confident and I like what I see from Anthony when I see him in training now, and when I see him in the gym he has that little bit of grit between his teeth again.”