Craig Bellamy Expresses Anthony Martial’s Frustration

Sky Sports pundit Craig Bellamy has revealed that Anthony Martial has been frustrating to the neutral point of view during the second half of the campaign. The France international has had a strong campaign for United with 21 goals and assists across all competitions, but his form has nosedived since Alexis Sanchez’s arrival during the winter transfer window.

Martial had been commanding a regular role on the left side of the attack prior to Sanchez’s presence, but with the Chilean’s arrival, the Frenchman has seen himself pushed onto the right-wing, where he has struggled. Speaking on Sky Sports, Bellamy admitted that Martial has been a disappointment of late with the Frenchman also struggling to comply with the defensive side of his game. He said: “I like him [Martial] but he frustrates me. I watch him and I’m thinking ‘please use your pace, go on the outside for once. He has all that ability. To play out wide for Mourinho is a difficult job, he asks a lot, especially going the other way.”

As a result, Martial’s future has come under question over the past few months, but United are said to have no plans of offloading their winger unless they receive a substantial offer. The Frenchman has another 14 months left on his existing deal with the club, but this could be further extended by one year by help of a clause attached to his contract.

Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain are some of the clubs associated with the former Monaco man, but as things stand, the player is not looking to push through an exit from Old Trafford during the summer. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has highlighted that the club won’t be spending big during the off-season amid suggestions that they could seek to match champions Manchester City in terms of spending in the transfer market.