Ryan Giggs slams Anthony Martial for looking 'casual', 'lethargic' and 'not bothered'


Ryan Giggs slammed Anthony Martial following his performance during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw  Everton on Sunday.

Teenager Mason Greenwood came off the bench to rescue a point for the Red Devils in the second half after they fell behind to a Victor Lindelof own goal before the break.

Despite impressing during last weekend’s victory over rivals Manchester City , Martial was one of those who struggled for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The Frenchman managed just one shot at goal in his 90 minutes at Old Trafford and United legend Giggs was critical of the way he carried himself on the pitch.

“He is talented, and he’s not a bad kid, but the problem he has is that he looks lethargic all the time. He looks casual, as if he’s not bothered,” Giggs told Premier League Productions (via Metro ).

Anthony Martial managed just one shot on goal in 90 minutes against Everton

“When it comes off, and he’s doing brilliant things, you say it just comes naturally. But when it’s not, you think: he’s not running, he’s not trying, he’s not working hard enough, he’s not holding the ball up.

“So in my eyes he has to try extra hard because of his persona, because of the way that he moves.

“But he doesn’t look like he breaks sweat and when United are chasing a game you want someone to get across the front post – you might not score, but your team-mate might score.

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“It’s all these sort of things that you’re not getting off him at the moment.

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“With Mason [Greenwood] coming on and doing that, getting in positions to score goals, he [Martial] is going to be under pressure, because he’s not giving you anything defensively and he’s not giving you anything offensively either.”

Greenwood’s goal against the Toffee’s capped another impressive performance from the striker after he netted a brace against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday.

Although he has started just once in 13 Premier League appearances this season, he has earned significant praise from Solskjaer for his displays from the bench and in cup competitions.

Giggs has also been impressed by the 19-year-old and thinks it’s just a matter of time before he replaces Martial in the starting line-up.

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“He looks a threat, every time he comes on,” added Wales boss Giggs. “I think Ole is handling him in the right way at the moment, bringing him on, impact player.

“It’s just how long you can keep him like that, because also when he starts games he’s scoring goals.

“We talk about Martial, he’s not doing enough, he’s not much of a goal threat, no chances in the box, so it won’t be long before Mason Greenwood starts.”





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