Paul Scholes has questioned the attitude of Anthony Martial after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Man United were held to their fifth goalless draw of the season, with Martial in particular finding it difficult to put his chances away when they came his way. The Frenchman had a brilliant one-on-one opportunity in the first half but could not beat Jeroen Zoet at his near post. It was not one of Martial’s best performances, as he, along with the rest of the team, struggled to impress on what was an important night for United.
The draw means Louis van Gaal‘s men now have to go to Wolfsburg requiring a win in order to ensure qualification for the Champions League’s first knockout round and they will know they have their work cut out for them. Scholes was disappointed with the whole team’s display, but singled out Martial for criticism.
Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “Attacking-wise they don’t look good enough, they don’t look like scoring enough goals.
“Anthony Martial still has a lot to prove and he doesn’t look bothered if he misses a chance.”
The 19-year-old was making his first appearance for United since before the international break, having picked up a minor injury playing for France at Wembley. Despite not being at the top of his game, Martial was one of the few players who seemed intent on pushing forward and making something happen, even if he couldn’t finish the chances he fashioned for himself.
It is definitely harsh from Scholes to pick out Martial from a group of half a dozen players who were below par for United against the Dutch champions, especially considering he is still in his debut season as a Red. As a player who accomplished so much for the club from a young age, Scholes will know the negative effect criticism from a club legend can have on a teenager, making his comments slightly unfair on the youngster, who has shown nothing but promise since signing from Monaco.
The Frenchman will want the chance to bounce back in the Premier League against Leicester City on Saturday and United fans will hope he proves Scholes wrong with another barnstorming performance against the surprise league leaders.