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Agent defends Martial’s Manchester United record following exit speculation

Anthony Martial’s management team have leapt to the defence of their client following speculation he could be pushed out of Manchester United.

The winger was thought to be close to an Old Trafford exit while Jose Mourinho was in charge, with the Portuguese seemingly not trusting the young Frenchman.

However, the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December saw an upturn in Martial’s form, and a turnaround in his thinking, with the 23-year-old putting pen to paper on a new five-year deal in January.

Since then though, his form has once again dipped, with Solskjaer apparently becoming increasing frustrated with Martial’s attitude and work ethic, with video footage recently showing the winger just standing around while the rest of his teammates warmed up ahead of Manchester United‘s game against Chelsea.

Martial was an unused substitute for that game, and was completely excluded for the Matchday squad for the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield, with youngster Tahith Chong getting the nod instead.

With Martial’s form and attitude being questioned from a number of directions, the wingers management team have jumped to their client’s defence, posting a picture on Instagram comparing his record with a number of club legends, with the strapline which translates to “Criticising is easy, the truth is on the pitch”.

While Martial does indeed have a better goals per game ratio than the likes of Ronaldo, Beckham and Giggs, the stats are slightly skewed by the fact he played as a central striker for much of his first season at Manchester United, scoring 17 goals in 49 appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side.

A report today, albeit from The Sun, has claimed that United are willing to listen to offers for the winger.

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