When the young and talented Anthony Martial made the fancied move from the French League 1 to the mega money Manchester United, everyone anticipated immediate impact. He surely did not fail under the then United coach Louis Van Gaal scoring four goals in his first four games. The quality was apparent as the United technical bench and fans relied on the ability of the 19 year old, £58 million hit man.
That kind of form earned Martial his first call-up to the French national team with a magnificent performance against the mighty Germany in November 2015. The break-out was, however, short-lived as the performance was camouflaged by the Paris terror threat that quickly grabbed the headlines.
Martial’s Social Life
At Manchester United, opportunities to score goals began to dry up as Van Gaal played him wide off the goal area. His private life also attracted public interest as Samantha Jacqueline confused the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford hiking speculations across the world. The relationship with Samantha was later to breakdown as the supermodel blamed the club for not guiding the youngster as far as his social media activities are concerned. Martial received dozens of sexy pictures from ladies every day plus over 2 million Instagram followers, which was a problem to Samantha.
Martial crowned his first season for United with mixed results of FA Cup victory and failure to qualify for Champions league. For his National team, again he failed to make an impact at the Euro 2016 having scored 17 goals in 48 appearances for United.
Under the special one, Jose Mourinho, Martial began on the wrong footing having to surrender his number 9 jersey to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and settling for number 11. He has struggled to make an impact coupled with a calf injury suffered against Watford. However, he scored against Stoke City when he was introduced as a substitute, salvaging a single point for United.
There is some hope within the technical bench that Martial can build on the goal after the international break with a fresh mentality. Whether Martial’s slack performance is occasioned by his worrying private life or lack of adequate playing time, the club needs him fit, sharp and ready to fire as they face the big guns in Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Manchester City, and Chelsea.