Paul Scholes lays into Manchester United striker Anthony Martial

‘The amount of times I looked up and he was walking… you have to move to score a goal’: Paul Scholes lays into Anthony Martial for lack of effort up front in Manchester United’s defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir

  • Paul Scholes has criticised Anthony Martial’s lack of effort in their defeat 
  • Martial was on the scoresheet as United were beaten by Istanbul Basaksehir 
  • However, Scholes feels that Martial should have chased after the ball more 

Paul Scholes has criticised Anthony Martial for a lack of effort in Manchester United’s 2-1 loss away to Istanbul Basaksehir.

With United 2-0 down, Martial managed to pull a goal back for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the 43rd minute with a header.

However, United still ended up losing and United legend Scholes was left frustrated by Martial constantly ‘walking’ when he should have been chasing after the ball.

Paul Scholes criticised Manchester United striker Anthony Martial for his lack of effort

Scholes felt that Martial should have chased after the ball more against Istanbul Basaksehir

Speaking on BT Sport, United legend Scholes said: ‘I’m a big fan of Anthony Martial but the amount of times I looked up and he was walking, he has have to realise as a centre forward – every now and again you have to move if you’re going to score a goal. 

‘You can’t just be walking in front of two centre-backs doing nothing.

‘When a midfielder player has got time on the ball – I look up he’s walking, Rashford is coming to the ball – it’s not his strength. Sometimes experienced players like a Matic have to tell them. They almost need coaching through a game.’

Although Martial scored in the Champions League clash he couldn’t stop United from losing

Demba Ba put Istanbul Basaksehir in the lead when he capitalised upon some disappointing defending to open the scoring in the 12th minute, with Edin Visca subsequently adding to the hosts’ lead before Martial reduced the deficit.  

United had made an encouraging start to their Champions League campaign by securing victories against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.

However, they struggled against Istanbul Basaksehir, with United suffering another blow following on from their Premier League defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

Solskjaer’s team will be determined to respond when they face Everton away on Saturday. 

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