Alan Shearer has accused Anthony Martial of ‘lacking the hunger’ required to play centre forward following his performance in the FA Cup defeat to Leicester City.
The French forward once again failed to find the target as United went down 3-1 to the Foxes at the King Power stadium to exit the competition at quarter final stage.
This latest shutout compounds a disappointing season for Martial who has just seven goals in 36 appearances this campaign.
Watching the game for BBC Sport, former England striker Shearer was highly critical of Martial claiming the player isn’t helping his own cause currently.
“He was very isolated,” admitted Shearer. “But then sometimes you need help off your teammates but you can also help yourself by putting yourself in better positions.
“It was a really frustrating performance for him because when his team-mates are looking for options from him, for him to either come short to be the link-up play.
“A lot of the time I’m thinking, ‘Come on, help’.”
Although starting his United career mainly playing on the left of a front three, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deployed Martial to great effect in a central position last season, with the player scoring 23 times in all competitions.
This season however, he has been less effective up front with Shearer stating the player’s latest showing suggests he lacks the proper mentality to play the role.
“He kept on pulling onto the full back for the long diagonal,” he added. “Which is fine. That can be good, but not every time.
“It didn’t really work for him tonight and I was really frustrated for him on the sidelines.
“I don’t think he’s a No.9. He doesn’t look comfortable in the nine position.
“He doesn’t look as if he’s got that hunger to score as many goals as he could and should. It was a frustrating performance.”
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Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring for Leicester in the first half, capitalising on a United defensive error before Mason Greenwood equalised just before the break.
Youri Tielemans restored the Foxes’ advantage with an impressive solo run and strike before Iheanacho sealed the victory with a late header.
Leicester now progress to the semis where they will face Southampton.
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