Thierry Henry: This is Anthony Martial’s best position for Man United
Thierry Henry discusses Manchester United striker Anthony Martial's best position
Thierry Henry says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal should be playing Anthony Martial in a number nine role.
The Red Devils striker was been utilised in a wide role for the home side’s 2-1 defeat by Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
I think if I had a player like that, he would be my No 9 and the rest are around him
The France international scored his first league goal since September as Martial netted what ultimately proved to be a second-half consolation goal.
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.
Former Arsenal striker Henry, who won two Premier League titles during his Gunners career, explained why Martial looks lost in a wide role.
Analysing the striker’s performance on Sky Sports, Henry said: “What are you doing here? I actually do not know what he is doing there.
“He should be there [in the penalty area], having a one versus one, scoring and celebrating. Is it fear? Is it because they have been brainwashed a bit too much? I just don’t get it.
“They wanted a guy who scored goals. They wanted a guy to run in behind fast. He came in and did that. Suddenly now he finds himself out there, almost not touching the ball.
“I think if I had a player like that, he would be my No 9 and the rest are around him.”
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.