Anthony Martial has been told his performances don’t warrant being Manchester United’s centre-forward by Alan Shearer.
The Frenchman has endured a tough season despite his team exceeding a lot of people’s expectations.
United’s attack has been their biggest strength under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Martial scoring 23 times in all competitions last term.
He has been unable to replicate those numbers this season however.
A lot of United’s forwards prefer to play from wider positions, but Martial is keen to play through the middle.
Shearer though doesn’t feel as if his “hunger and desire” are deserving of such a role.
He said on Match of the Day 2 : “Apparently he’s the one who says he wants play centre forward, he deserves to be in there, well his numbers I think have to be a lot better if he wants to play in that position.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a lack of experience. This is his sixth season at Manchester United.
“I wouldn’t say a lack of experience is a problem at all, I would say it’s his lack of hunger and lack of desire to get in there to constantly score goals you need to.
“He had a good season in terms of numbers last season but you have to do that on a regular basis, particularly when Man United are scoring as many as they are.”
Martial has scored just twice in his last nine outings with both those goals coming in the heavy win over Southampton.
Given United’s forward prowess Shearer expects the 25-year-old to be far more prolific and has also criticised his overall play.
He added: “When you look at his positioning, he spends far too much time [out wide] when you need someone in the box. Not once does he look to get anywhere near that box to score goals.
“He’s spending too much time out there [wide], there’s no focal point, there’s no one there to hold the ball up. He should realise he should get out of there and get into the box.
“I don’t think it means enough to him to put that ball into the back of the net. He’s only ever scored more than 20 goals in a season once. And that’s not just league goals.
“When you consider Manchester United are top scorers in the Premier League with 53 and he’s got four, I don’t think that’s anywhere near enough.”