Neville: This is why Anthony Martial shouldn’t start against Leicester City
Manchester United have won their opening two Premier League games in a mightily convincing manner. The Red Devils have secured back-to-back 4-0 wins and it literally couldn’t have gone any better for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Not only has the starting line-up been super productive, but we’ve also had an outlet from off of the bench, too. Anthony Martial has made instant impact by scoring in both games despite starting the matches as a substitute, and I thought it could be time to give the Frenchman a starting spot.
However, that isn’t a view echoed by Gary Neville. He reckons that the 21-year-old winger should stay on the bench because it’d be unfair of him to start in front of Rashford – who has worked wonders himself.
“Martial has been devastating when coming off the bench but there’s no doubt he’s coming on against teams that are tired,” Neville said on Sky Sports, as per the Daily Express.
“He’s a brilliant finisher, his composure is brilliant.
“It’d be unfair for him to come in [at the] expense of Rashford. If you look at his work, his dribbles, his sprints.”
It really is a tough call for the manager, but when you think about it, Rashford deserves his start. He’s been excellent so far and is forming a wonderful bond with Romelu Lukaku. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it and keep allowing Martial to make his mark from the bench – because it’s working to devastating effect so far.
If there was a way to bring both of them into the team then that’d be the perfect scenario, but I just don’t see that happening any time soon.