Martial was taken off early into the second half of Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat by Brighton on Sunday
Paul Scholes has pointed the finger of blame at Paul Pogba while attempting to explain Anthony Martial’s poor performance against Brighton.
The Frenchman, who was linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, was hooked by Jose Mourinho midway through the second half as United struggled against their Premier League rivals.
Scholes has looked at the game in great detail, and believes that his poor display was down to the fact he wasn’t getting the service he requires to perform.
The ex-United midfielder explained how the Red Devils do have talented players capable of winning games by themselves – Romelu Lukaku and Martial, for example – but they need support from the likes of Pogba in order to do so.
Speaking on Optus Sport, Scholes said: “Lukaku can do it [win games]. Martial can do it. Martial, in that first half – what was he on for? 55 minutes? An hour? He got one ball down the left-hand side in the first half.
“And he absolutely flew past the right-back. I can’t remember another time when you get the ball to him. As a midfield player for Man United, your job is to get the ball to your best players who can hurt [the opposition].
“But the Man United midfield players could never do it. They couldn’t get a ball in to Lukaku, they couldn’t get a ball in to Martial and they couldn’t get a ball in to [Marcus] Rashford when he came on.
“There’s lack of leaders in the team, that’s why we thought Paul Pogba might be the ideal candidate to be that leader but he wasn’t there tonight. He had another really poor game. He’s so inconsistent.”