By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Dwight Yorke has named Anthony Martial as the only Manchester United player to have impressed him ahead of a “make-or-break” week in the team’s season.
The former United striker believes the club’s season is virtually over if they fail to overcome either Liverpool or Manchester City.
United host Liverpool in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday – Jurgen Klopp’s team will arrive at Old Trafford with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg – before Sunday’s Premier League trip to City.
“This week is going to make or break United’s season,” Yorke said in his 888sport column. “They have taken all the stick in the world but this little spell of games can either elevate things to another level and give everyone confidence or have serious consequences.
“We’ve seen that with Chelsea. I mean they’re sixth in the league as we speak and before you know it your season is done with nine games to go. It’s not the United way and they’re not used to being in that position.
“It is hard to swallow. The players know, the manager knows and the situation is written in front of them. Are these players big enough and brave enough to turn this around? I’m sure we will soon find out.”
Yorke, 44, is convinced that the underperforming players are as much to blame for United’s disappointing season as under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.
“It isn’t good enough what is happening at the football club and we can point the finger at the manager most of the time but the reality is that the players aren’t performing or doing anything significant,” Yorke explained. “They are huffing and puffing and too many players are having too many average games. It is just not Manchester United.
“Bar the young players such as Martial I think the so-called stars, the senior players, really haven’t performed. I cannot look at any of them and think they have been outstanding. Normally there is at least one. In Fergie’s days they would all be told they’re leaving the club.”