Liverpool legend and Sky Sports Pundit Jamie Carragher believes Martial inconsistent form got Manchester United interested in signing Arsenal star man Alexis Sanchez because manager Jose Mourinho has run out of patience with Martial.
The talented Frenchman started and scored for Manchester United in their 3-0 victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford, but his inconsistency so far meant he has started just 10 of United 23 Premier League matches.
Carragher and Gary Neville believe Martial’s inconsistent form was behind Manchester United late swoop for Sanchez.
‘So often you say you want more from Martial and you see the ability and the quality he has,’ the Sky Sports pundit said following United’s victory.
‘If anyone in this team is under more pressure with the news of Alexis Sanchez supposedly coming… it’s possibly, not the end, he’ll still be part of the squad but you think it’s going to be difficult for him going forward if Sanchez came.
‘This is a player who came to Manchester United a couple of years ago and you were thinking he was going to be a world beater.
‘It just hasn’t happened and I think Jose Mourinho has probably run out of patience. That’s why he’s come out of nowhere to try and get Sanchez who’s come on the market. He’s saying I want more from this player and it’s not enough.’
Fellow pundit Gary Neville admitted a sense of frustration when reviewing Martial’s career in Manchester so far.
‘He’s a great talent, there’s no doubt. He’s absolutely a great talent but he’s one of those players that you’re sat and you’re just willing him to give you that extra five or 10 percent.’