Manchester United are concerned Anthony Martial’s turbulent private life is to blame for his alarming dip in form this season. Marti...
Manchester United are concerned Anthony Martial’s turbulent private life is to blame for his alarming dip in form this season.
Martial came off the bench to break the deadlock against Stoke City at Old Trafford on Sunday, scoring with a wonderful curling effort in a game United eventually drew 1-1.
But it was the Frenchman’s first goal in nine games as he struggles to rediscover the scintillating form he showed after joining United in a £58million deal from Monaco last year.
However, Martial split from Samantha Jacquelinet, his partner of three years and mother of their baby daughter Peyton, earlier this year following allegations he had been unfaithful.
And they have been having public spats since then with Samantha publicly subbing the striker ealier in the summer (Read here)
They have since moved home to Paris, leaving Martial in Manchester.
The 20-year-old forward endured a poor Euro 2016 in his homeland, playing just 68 minutes in France’s run to the final against Portugal, and suffered another setback in the summer when he had to give up his prized No 9 jersey to new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
According to The Times, Manchester United are concerned at his lack of focus as the problems have lasted throughout the summer and still seem to continue now - with coaches informing Jose Mourinho about a lack of concentration in some training sessions.
However, there is still hope and belief in Martial's ability at the club as they feel he can live up to his potential and become one of the best players in Europe.
As a young player who is new to the rigor/pressure of playing for a club as big as Manchester United, he should be cut some slack and given time to prove himself once again,