Paul Scholes criticises Martial after Manchester United’s win at Chelsea

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has remained critical over the performance of Anthony Martial despite the fact that he was on the scoresheet against Chelsea on Monday night. The Frenchman had a relatively quiet opening half but he managed to find the breakthrough before the break after heading in the opening goal.

In the second period, he faced a similar situation with the inability to provide the threat and ended the game with just 19 successful passes. Speaking on Sky Sports, Scholes once again questioned the natural position of Martial and insisted that the Frenchman is more of a winger than a centre-forward.

He added that the former Monaco man does not have the credentials to lead the line, given he needs to be instructed to get into the opposition box, he told Sky Sports: “With Anthony Martial, it’s interesting, I don’t know if he’s a wide player, I don’t know if he’s a centre forward,’ said Scholes after the win at Stamford Bridge.

Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] clearly thinks there’s a centre forward in there and he’s telling him to get in the box as often as he can. Tonight he laboured at times to get in the box, he didn’t really bust a gut. You shouldn’t need to [tell a striker to get into the penalty box], but if you’re Anthony Martial he looks like he needs telling. He looks like he doesn’t take that much information in.”

United were able to seal a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but they definitely had the luck on their side. The Blues had two goals chalked off by the VAR and one of those decisions seemed hash with Brendan Williams going down in the box with the slightest of touches from Cesar Azpilicueta before Kurt Zouma found the net.

Elsewhere, Harry Maguire was very lucky to escape a red card after the stamp on Michy Batshuayi. To the anguish of the Blues supporters, the England international went on to score United’s second goal which sealed the victory. United are currently three points behind the top four after beating the Blues for the third time across all competitions.