Manchester United: Mark Goldbridge delivers concerns over Martial amid exit links
Mark Goldbridge of The United Stand has been left baffled by recent talk of Anthony Martial leaving Manchester United in the near future.
The Lowdown: Exit talk
Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News recently reported that Erik ten Hag’s side want to sell the Frenchman in the summer.
Martial is currently out injured and will not be in contention for their Premier League clash against Leeds United at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has played only nine times in the league this season and has missed a number of those games due to various injuries.
The Latest: Goldbridge shuns links
Speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel, Goldbridge believes it would be hard to sell the player at the moment due to his salary and can’t see him leaving any time soon.
He stated: “My reaction is, what a shame. The fact that we’re looking to sell him can only be based on injury, and if you’re looking to sell a player on injury, how easy is an injury player to sell?
“Martial’s on 200 grand a week, I think he’s got two years left on his contract. And who would want to buy a player, and give them 200 grand a week, who is injury-prone?
“So, to me, it doesn’t make any sense. But obviously, it’s the second time this has been mentioned now.
“I feel that it’s a tough one to get your head around, because how would you make that happen?”
The Verdict: Take what you can
We believe that if there’s a decent offer submitted for Martial, United should accept the offer and move him on.
Pundit Graeme Souness told TalkSport (via Metro) last year that the Frenchman is too ‘hit and miss’ and the club cannot rely on him.
Our view is that Martial has had so many opportunities under a number of different managers with the Red Devils, yet his goal return has never been consistent enough to be worthy of a regular Man United starter.
How many chances will he get before he’s finally deemed not good enough? The way we see it, if a Champions League-winning boss like Jose Mourinho can’t get a tune out of Martial, how can Ten Hag?
The Red Devils likely won’t make a profit on the £36m spent on the player back in 2015, but in our opinion, it’s better that they cut their losses and let him leave Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign.