Marcus Rashford could push Martial Man United stay with the club expected ‘to make transfer decision in two weeks’.
Manchester United’s plans for Anthony Martial will become more apparent in the next two weeks, it has been claimed.
Marcus Rashford could be behind the club’s position. The France international has never lived up to expectations at Old Trafford and, after six years at the club, could be on his way out.
And while the France international obviously holds talent in plenty, and has shown flashes of his best form, he’s failed to achieve consistency.
United believed they’d turned a corner with Martial when he scored 23 goals in the 2019/2020 campaign, more than any other player at the club.
Yet the 25-year-old sank last term, finding the net just seven times across all competitions.
And Eurosport’s Dean Jones has alleged United’s plans for the striker will become more open in the next fortnight, while Rashford’s ongoing injury problems could see the Frenchman stay put.
“Martial I guess is a potential to go out on loan as well,” Jones told The Football Terrace podcast.
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“If they can’t find a buyer and they need to clear space there’s always the potential there that he could go on loan with a fee, to take up a chunk of his wages to get him out of the side.
“A lot of that is going to depend there on Marcus Rashford talking about this shoulder surgery he might need.
“If he doesn’t need that, and will play, then I think Manchester United will look to move Martial on and potentially look at a loan if they have to.
“But if Rashford is forced to miss two months of the season they’ll probably have to keep Martial.
“I think we’ll get a clearer indication over the next two weeks over what United plan to do.”
Rashford has been playing through pain for club and nation over the past 18 months.
He picked up a shoulder injury versus Wolves in a 1-0 FA Cup victory in January last year which, at the time, had his involvement in the rest of the campaign under menace.
In the end, with the football calendar being shoved back, the 23-year-old was able to improve for the crunch run-in that saw the Red Devils secure a place in the Champions League.
But while Rashford has continued to sparkle, he’s still not been at his rip-roaring best.
And whether or not he has the surgery this summer, or further down the line, remains to be seen.
Speaking earlier in the year, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour cleared on Martial and revealed a belief the forward should be sold this summer if the club are to win the Premier League title.
“He’s been at the club a while now, so knows what Manchester United is all about,” Parlour said.
“Sometimes he looks disinterested with football in general.
“When he comes on the pitch, you should be raring to go, trying to make an impact if you’re coming off the bench.
“He’s the sort of player if he’s left out his confidence level goes really down – I don’t know because I don’t see him on a day-to-day basis.
“It just hasn’t worked for him as a striker for Manchester United. Consistency is so important in football.
“If you’re going to be at the top of your game, you’ve got to make sure you’re putting in performances week in week out. He doesn’t do that.
“He can have a 9/10 then suddenly have two 4/10s. You aren’t going to win anything with a player like that in your team.
“As much as Man City need a striker in the summer, they’d (Man United) will be looking and thinking ‘how much money can we get for him? How can we move him on? Let’s bring someone else in and give them an opportunity to play for Manchester United’.”
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Marcus Rashford could push Martial Man United stay with the club expected ‘to make Martial transfer decision in two weeks’.