Ryan Giggs claims Anthony Martial can look lethargic

Ryan Giggs claims Anthony Martial can look lethargic

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has gone perhaps against the grain and criticised fan-favourite Anthony Martial in the post-match aftermath of the disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton.

The talented Frenchman started the fixture but failed to make any real impact as his side limped to a poor result at home.

United had just beaten Tottenham, Manchester City and AZ Alkmaar on the bounce but failed to take apart their opponents on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had to attempt to shake off the label of being a team who only turn up for the big games but unfortunately only emphasised that point further.

It took Mason Greenwood coming off the bench to rescue a point and spare everyone’s blushes had Everton gone all the way and won the match.

According to the Daily Star, Giggs said: “He is talented, and he’s not a bad kid, but the problem he has is that he looks lethargic all the time.

“He looks casual, as if he’s not bothered. When it comes off, and he’s doing brilliant things, you say it just comes naturally. But when it’s not, you think: he’s not running, he’s not trying, he’s not working hard enough, he’s not holding the ball up.

“So in my eyes he has to try extra hard because of his persona, because of the way that he moves. But he doesn’t look like he breaks sweat and when United are chasing a game you want someone to get across the front post – you might not score, but your team-mate might score.

“It’s all these sort of things that you’re not getting off him at the moment. With Mason [Greenwood] coming on and doing that, getting in positions to score goals, he [Martial] is going to be under pressure, because he’s not giving you anything defensively and he’s not giving you anything offensively either.

“[Greenwood] looks a threat, every time he comes on. I think Ole is handling him in the right way at the moment, bringing him on, impact player.

“It’s just how long you can keep him like that, because also when he starts games he’s scoring goals.

“We talk about Martial, he’s not doing enough, he’s not much of a goal threat, no chances in the box, so it won’t be long before Mason Greenwood starts.”

It’s easy to see what Giggs means as everyone knows on his day Martial is one of the best in the league but when the team is poor, he’s often also poor.

Fans have also started to criticise how little he moves on occasion so it’s not difficult to agree with their club legend.

After all, how long can Manchester United afford to turn up only whenever their striker decides to turn up?

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