Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s futures are yet again the talk of the town after they failed to impress in Manchester United’s recent match against Brighton, which the Red Devils lost 1-0. They were given a chance in the team ahead of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, however both struggled to make an impact.
Without naming anyone directly, José Mourinho slammed the Manchester United’s replacement players after the humiliating defeat.
A good amount of money was also a riding on the Manchester United win (in the betting markets), as they were expected to cruise to a comfortable victory. However, everyone’s expectations came down crashing with their miserable performance. With FIFA World Cup 2018 not too far away, United’s players who’re also expected to turn out for their respective national sides could potentially get impacted by this result. This only makes betting on the world cup all the more difficult because if you could have this sort of upset during the Premier League with teams that fans are intimately familiar with, how much worse will it be during the World Cup. That’s why it’s essential for punters on the big games to do their research from as many resources as possible.
On Anthony Martial
Ever since this defeat, Manchester United has been linked with the potential $80 million swap deal involving Anthony Martial and Willian (of Chelsea). Sunday People’s chief football writer is of the opinion that Martial’s time at MU may be finally coming to an end.
He expressed in his write-up that everyone at Manchester United, especially José Mourinho is frustrated with the lack of progress in Martial’s case. He has hit a sort of a wall at MU, putting everyone in a Catch-22 situation. While on one hand he hasn’t been getting regular starts, on the other whenever he does get a game, as we saw at Brighton, he fails to perform.
If we talk about the Manchester United board room, they spent a lot of money on the 19-year-old (£ 36 million to be precise) and he has turned out only 30 times for the team.
The player they are looking at as replacement of Martial, Willian has got a cast-iron mentality and has very strong team ethics. What more, he’s extremely quick too. Manchester United has reached a point where Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are the two primary strikers of the team, and everyone is expecting Martial to not be around at Old Trafford next season. However, let us also remind you that there have been questions surrounding Sanchez’s form too of late.
On Marcus Rashford
There have been many calls for Marcus Rashford, the English forward to get more number of starts, after his playing time was cut down post Sanchez’s arrival in the team.
Bates believes that Rashford may soon have to get used to the idea of having nothing more than cameo appearances at Old Trafford, with Sanchez and Lukaku being the first choice strikers.
Rashford looks frustrated as he had to take a step back from a situation where everyone thought that he was going to be the main striker for the Devils for a long time. And that has changed post the arrival of Lukaku and Sanchez. So people are also speculating about his presence at MU next season.