Gary Neville names key Man United star who needs to deliver

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville is running out of patience with Manchester United forward Anthony Martial

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Anthony Martial (Photo: The Sport Review)
Anthony Martial (Photo: The Sport Review)

Gary Neville says Anthony Martial needs to start realising his talent at Manchester United.

The France international has spent the past four seasons at Old Trafford following his £36m move to Manchester United from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in 2015.

Martial initially made an impressive start to his Manchester United career but the 23-year-old struggled to have a telling impact during Jose Mourinho’s spell in charge.

Current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to start Martial for the visit of Chelsea FC in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

Martial justified his inclusion with a goal in the 65th minute to help Manchester United ease to a resounding 4-0 victory over their top-four rivals.

Former Manchester United defender Neville has now challenged Martial to deliver his talent on a regular occurrence throughout the 2019-20 Premier League season.

“Martial has not realised his potential on the left side for three or four years and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is probably thinking he wants to play centre forward, he’s a good finisher, I have to give him that chance,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“You could argue it’s to the detriment of Rashford, but if he can get his head around playing on the left and be comfortable and Martial can be a centre-forward then it’s worth giving him that chance.

“At Manchester United when there’s speculation around Martial leaving there’s been a big fear that he will go to another club and become one of the best players in the world because he has got that much talent.

“I think now is the time for Martial to deliver it. He is being given his chance as a centre-forward and scored a good goal.”

Martial scored 17 times in 49 games in his first season at Manchester United despite being a raw and unproven teenager.

The French forward has struggled to surpass that goal haul in the following three seasons under Mourinho.

Martial’s future at Manchester United has been a source of debate over the past couple of seasons.

However, the French forward signed a new long-term deal with the 20-time English champions in January.

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Roger Federer at the London 2012 Olympics
Roger Federer says yes to 2020 Olympics: ‘My heart decided I would love to play’
Chelsea FC forward Willian (Photo: Willian / Instagram)
Willian sends open message to Chelsea FC fans
Unai Emery
Arsenal leading the race to sign 22-year-old Spaniard – report
Paul Pogba
Pundit: Man United star is one of the best players in the world
Frank Lampard
Olivier Giroud sends open message to Chelsea FC boss Frank Lampard
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer proposes six transfer targets to Man United chiefs – report
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Sadio Mane
Jamie Carragher admits he ‘absolutely loves’ Liverpool FC star
Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp tips Tottenham to finish above Chelsea FC
Chelsea FC forward Willian (Photo: Willian / Instagram)
Willian sends open message to Chelsea FC fans