Gary Neville has claimed Manchester United would not consider Anthony Martial if he could produce his performance level against Manchester City on a consistent basis.
The Frenchman was named as Sky Sports’ Man of the Match after turning in a fantastic performance at the Etihad Stadium.
Martial won United’s penalty after only 34 seconds, drawing a foul from Gabriel Jesus after a driving run into the penalty area.
His hold-up play was commended by Neville throughout the match and the former United defender claimed United would not consider cashing in if he performed to this high level more often.
“He’s played well Martial. This Martial you don’t sell,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“This Martial you keep, he just has to produce it consistently.”
Martial’s performance came just a week after he was left out of the United starting XI against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the 25-year-old missed Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
Sky pundit Graeme Souness suggested that Martial would look back on his career with regret last weekend, as a result of his inconsistency.
Souness said: “Martial, I’m not surprised he’s left him out. I think he’s a young man who has all the talent in the world to succeed at the highest level but will he be disappointed he’s not playing today?
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“Does he ever show he has a passion about the game or emotional about the game. He’s one of those players that will look back and think, ‘I could’ve done so much.’ I’m a fan but I’m not a fan.”
To which Roy Keane replied: “He doesn’t look like he loves the game, which is always a worry.”