Craig Burley has labelled Anthony Martial as “arrogant” after his performance against West Brom on Saturday.
Manchester United secured their first home victory of the Premier League season after a 1-0 win against the relegation-threatened Baggies.
Bruno Fernandes ‘ retaken penalty proved to be the difference as United once against struggled and produced a lethargic display.
Martial is yet to score in the league this season, although he has missed three matches through suspension after being sent off against Tottenham.
He missed a gilt-edged chance in the first half after being teed up by Juan Mata from 15 yards but his shot was saved by Sam Johnstone.
After firing another league blank, Burley criticised Martial’s work rate and called the striker “arrogant”.
“Anthony Martial thinks he’s a better player than he is. It’s as simple as that,” he told ESPN.
“He’s a talent but can he carry a club of this size as a striker? You see flashes of it but when Edinson Cavani came on, he must have said to him, ‘you know you’re allowed to move and make runs?’ Because he doesn’t do enough.
“On top of that his finishing wasn’t right. I think with him there’s an arrogance that it’s just going to happen, rather than make it happen, and that’s a problem.”
Former Chelsea and France player Frank Leboeuf also admitted he’s “worried” about Martial’s form.
“Poor, really poor. I’m worried about Anthony Martial. He is a fantastic player and when he’s confident, he is okay.
“He played with the international team and missed three chances against Portugal. He missed another chance today. For a world-class player, it was an easy chance.
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Manchester United ground out a 1-0 win over West Brom to finally notch a victory at home in the Premier League this season.
It wasn’t pretty but it means two successive wins for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who have to balance league and Champions League commitments over a busy period in the coming weeeks.
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“He has to be a killer. I’m not pleased with any of those players. What I saw was a poor performance.
“Even West Brom could have scored two goals. It’s not a team who can compete at the top if they perform like that against West Brom.
“It has to be better – this is Manchester United.”