Anthony Martial's Manchester United career is at a crossroads.
He made a brilliant immediate impact at the club but is yet to fulfil the great potential that he showed in his debut season. He flourished under Louis van Gaal but was inconsistent during the reign of Jose Mourinho.
Despite his differences with Mourinho, Martial scored some crucial goals at a time when the Portuguese manager's job was under threat, scoring six goals in seven games from October to November.
Mourinho was sacked in December following a poor first half of the season and Martial enjoyed an excellent spell under then-caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær and signed a new contract in January that will keep him at the club until 2025.
Meet Anthony Martial, our assistant manager. He earns £250,000 a week to watch our players warm up. pic.twitter.com/nFzaASzKOZ— ManUtd360.com (@MUtd360) 29 April 2019
Being left out against Huddersfield was a fall from grace for the man who was considered to be among the best young talents in world football following his strong first campaign at United.
Eyebrows were raised when Martial joined United in 2015 as a relative unknown from Ligue 1 side Monaco for an initial £36m, potentially rising up to £58m. He was branded in some quarters as being a waste of money before he even made his debut, but when he did step on the pitch, his impact was immediate.
In September 2015 he played his first game for United, against Liverpool, coming off the bench and instantly winning the adoration of the United fans by scoring an excellent solo goal. His dream start continued with two goals in his next game against Southampton and a goal against Ipswich Town in the League Cup. He was named as the Premier League Player of the Month in his first month with the club and also won the Tuttosport Golden Boy award at the end of 2015.
He enjoyed an excellent debut season at Old Trafford, finishing as United's top goalscorer with 17 goals in all competitions. Following the arrival of Jose Mourinho his game time was reduced as he found himself being rotated with Marcus Rashford.
Mourinho questioned Martial's attitude, work-rate and commitment on several occasions and ran out of patience with the forward in the summer of 2018. Martial was fined two weeks' wages after he returned late to the pre-season training, leaving to witness the birth of his child. Mourinho wanted to sell the Frenchman but was overruled by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who refused to sanction the sale.
The frustration that Martial's managers have faced is clear, the Frenchman is considered to be the most talented forward at the club but doesn't play every week due to problems with his attitude and issues within his game. At a time when the best forwards have to provide an excellent work-rate off the ball, the Frenchman's demeanour is languid. His lack of desire to track back and close people down is in stark contrast to the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sadio Mané
Anthony Martial has the best conversion rate in the Premier League.— UtdArena. (@utdarena) May 7, 2019
Anthony Martial is the most accurate shooter in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/TJFAAi4pfb
Source : 90min