Man United: Pundit discusses Anthony Martial’s ‘ability’
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial will get Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked if he remains a regular part of his team, according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan. United currently sit second in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders and reigning champions Liverpool.
However, Anthony Martial has had a difficult first half of the season.
The Frenchman has scored just two goals in 12 league appearances, mostly playing as the Red Devils’ main central striker.
Jordan has been a constant sceptic about Solskjaer’s capabilities to bring success back to Old Trafford.
But he has defended his stance and says the likes of Martial playing regularly isn’t good for the Norwegian’s future at the club.
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“Man United fans are piling in on me, saying ‘you’ve got this agenda against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.
“It’s not an agenda, it’s calling out excellence and saying ‘can you really subscribe to the fact that anytime soon this guy, and this group of players…’ – because some of those players aren’t fit for purpose, Anthony Martial will get you sacked if you have him regularly in your side because he’s not good enough and he’s lightweight.
“You look at this and say ‘is he really going to bridge the gap in the cometh the hour, cometh the man moment against [Jurgen] Klopp and against [Pep] Guardiola?’
“He may well do it, he may well beat Klopp next week. I don’t think he will but I don’t take any satisfaction, I don’t sit there wanting this man out of a job.
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“I don’t have an agenda, I’m just calling it as I see it. If you want to call it an agenda, that’s peoples perspectives.”
Jordan says United are only where they are in the table because the likes of Liverpool are nowhere near the level they showed in recent seasons.
He continued: “They’re joint top at this moment in time in a very, very strange set of circumstances, in a very strange league, where teams like West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle, Brighton can take points off Liverpool where you go: ‘Hang on a second, Liverpool can get beat the way they did the other day, without really laying a glove on Southampton besides huffing and puffing’, and you say to yourself ‘this doesn’t look like the Premier League that I know’.
“And Man United are excelling in that league.
“You do have to give credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they’re second.
“But will they stay second? Will they beat Liverpool? If they beat Liverpool we’ll have a different discussion next week. But I don’t think we will.”
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