Paul Scholes slams Anthony Martial for being disinterested in scoring goals
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Anthony Martial does not look like he is bothered whether or not he scores goals, according to Paul Scholes.
The France striker laboured upon his return to the team after a foot injury as Manchester United drew 0-0 against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.
United have to win at group winners Wolfsburg in a fortnight’s time to guarantee progress to the knockout stages of Europe’s top competition.
Martial has scored five goals since becoming the world’s most expensive teenage signing in the summer but, deployed in the centre-forward role against PSV, extended his goal-less United run to six matches.
“He doesn’t look bothered if he misses a goal, he doesn’t look bothered if he scores a goal,” said Scholes, speaking to BT Sport Europe after the match on Wednesday night. “Some strikers live for goals. Martial doesn’t look like that type of player. He likes to drift wide and then come in.
“You look at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, it is the centre-forwards who make the difference. United are a million miles from Bayern Munich and Barcelona.”
Louis van Gaal has overseen a possession-based style of play that has proved successful at keeping clean sheets this season but creates few chances.
United have scored just four goals in their last seven matches, four of which have been goal-less draws.
“We keep saying they are defensively sound,” added Scholes. “They don’t look like they are going to score goals. Maybe he (Van Gaal) has set up his team to be defensive because he knows deep down they haven’t got good enough forward players.”