‘Martial is not a No 9, he is not a striker’: Steve McClaren slams Frenchman and insists Manchester United can’t use him as lone frontman
- Manchester United have been told not to use Anthony Martial as a striker
- Frenchman has scored 12 times this season but has struggled through middle
- Steve McClaren believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should use him in wide areas
Manchester United cannot use Anthony Martial as a lone frontman, according to Steve McClaren.
The Frenchman has scored 12 times in an injury-disrupted campaign but has struggled to assert himself as a central striker.
And McClaren believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be best served abandoning any use of him as a No 9.
Steve McClaren has criticised Manchester United’s use of Frenchman Anthony Martial
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been advised to use Martial in wide areas instead of up front
He told Sky Sports News: ‘Martial is not a No 9, he is not a striker. All his goals, all his best moments are on that left-hand side.
‘Whether that’s outside left or whether that’s inside left, that’s where he plays. He cannot play down the middle on his own.’
United have struggled for goals this season after the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku last summer.
With topscorer Marcus Rashford out injured at the moment, the brunt of responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of Martial and teenager Mason Greenwood.
United were forced into action on transfer deadline day, snapping up former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on loan.
Steve McClaren wants Solskjaer to abandon using the Frenchman as a lone frontman