Jermaine Jenas has blasted Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and come to the defence of the Frenchman’s under-fire teammate Marcus Rashford.
The former England midfielder has slammed Martial following United’s poor performances this season, questioning why the club opted to sell Romelu Lukaku over the 23-year-old during the summer transfer window.
Jenas has suggested that Martial often ‘goes missing’ throughout the course of a season, adding that he believes fellow forward Rashford has taken unfair criticism for his own showings in the opening weeks of the new season.
Martial has enjoyed an underwhelming Manchester United career since his move from Monaco four years ago, though the forward has featured just three times in the league so far this season due to injury.
Jenas, no stranger to the treatment table himself, seems to have overlooked Martial’s fitness woes when blasting his influence on United’s current plight, instead coming to the defence (unsurprisingly) of England’s Rashford.
“Since Martial has been at Manchester United, I would say he has a month and a half, two months a season then he goes absolutely missing,” Jenas told BBC Five Live.
“You’ve got poor Marcus Rashford, who puts himself out there every single week and gives his all. We all know he’s not a goalscoring machine or that goal-scoring comes naturally to him.
“He’s got other attributes to his game that are phenomenal that we see him produce for England on a regular basis. He gets all this criticism thrown at him yet you’ve got players like Martial who just goes missing.”
“You talk injuries but it happens every single season at United. Why get rid of Lukaku when you’ve got someone like Martial who is doing that every week.
“Just because he’s a younger player, or he’s more valuable? I’m questioning so many decisions that are being made.”