Jamie Carragher: Why Anthony Martial is struggling for Man United
Jamie Carragher says Louis van Gaal's tactics have nullified the threat of Anthony Martial
Jamie Carragher believes Louis van Gaal’s tactics have the nullified the threat of Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Red Devils striker started in a wide role to accommodate Wayne Rooney’s return for the home side’s 2-1 defeat by Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Although the France international scored his first league goal since his brace at Southampton in September, Martial struggled in a wing role against the Canaries at the weekend.
And former Liverpool defender Carragher highlighted why Martial has struggled for Van Gaal in recent weeks.
“The interesting thing is that’s the instruction from Van Gaal, to stay wide,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Let’s not forget, he is a centre forward slash winger, so normally you would be expect him to make those runs inside.
“But he’s had so much instruction now, that he has stayed out wide. That touch map is from a [Jesus] Navas of Man City, someone who hugs the touchline, tries to beat the full back and put a cross in.
“You see how many touches he has had? Not one touch in the box, and just the one cross. So he’s not even pulling wide and doing damage.
“And that all comes from the instruction of the manager, and why Man United never look like scoring in the game.”
The 20-year-old has netted four goals and has made one assist in 12 Premier League appearances for the 20-time English champions so far this season.
Martial moved to United in a £36m deal from Ligue 1 side Monaco on the final day of the summer transfer window.
The France striker has scored seven times in 20 appearances in all competitions for Van Gaal’s side this season.