Jamie Redknapp: Why Man United manager Louis van Gaal must play Anthony Martial up front
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp says Manchester United are missing Anthony Martial's pace up front
Jamie Redknapp has urged Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to revert Anthony Martial to a centre-forward role.
The Red Devils boss has switched the 19-year-old Frenchman to a left-wing role in recent weeks with mixed success after one win in five games.
They were at their attacking best this season with Anthony Martial playing down the middle
Martial was unable to inspired United to victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday after a goalless draw with the Eagles.
United captain Wayne Rooney started in a centre-forward role and Martial cut in from the left wing, however, the visitors had just two shots on target.
Writing in the Daily Mail on Monday morning, former Liverpool captain Redknapp says United are missing Martial’s pace up front.
“Louis van Gaal has been getting a lot of stick from ex-Manchester United players. Their opinion always carries a lot of weight and, unfortunately for the Dutchman, they are right about United,” Redknapp wrote.
“United are really struggling to create. They were at their attacking best this season with Anthony Martial playing down the middle.
“But against Everton he was put out on the left to stop Seamus Coleman. Since when did Manchester United worry about stopping other teams?
“They are a team that should be taking the attack to the opposition. With Martial up front, United looked more fluid and attack-minded.
“That’s not to say he should replace Wayne Rooney — why can’t they play as a pair or with Rooney playing behind the Frenchman? However they do it, they need Martial’s pace back up top.”
Martial has scored three goals and has made one assist in seven Premier League games this season following a £36m move from Ligue 1 side Monaco in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils host CSKA Moscow in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.