While the Frenchman has been long predicted to be great, his expectations were high when they arrived at Old Trafford in 2015, but they haven’t come true.
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Anthony Martial, who was on a poor loan period with Sevilla La Liga, is returning to Manchester United. It left much to be desired but it did not come to pass.
France international Martial was received in Spain with a warm welcome. A video message from Brazilian icon Ronaldo also wished him well as he prepared to trade his services for Julen Lopetegui. Martial, with his tail between his legs, is preparing for his return to Manchester after nine La Liga matches and zero goals.
Many people expected that Martial’s stint in Sevilla would kickstart a new chapter of his career. He could make it permanent and bring back his reputation in Spain. Instead, it causes more damage than before.
Jose Castro, Sevilla’s club president, confirmed the Red Devils’ return. “Anthony Martial will return to Man United. We spent important money on him but it didn’t work – also, he had injuries and we’re not going to buy him on a permanent deal.”
Martial’s persistent injuries hampered him from succeeding in Spain. The forward’s sole goal in a Sevilla shirt was in the Europa League in a 3-1 home victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 32 stage.
Martial’s return to United before the January loan switch was not much better. Martial scored a single strike in a disappointing 1-1 draw against Everton at the tail-end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disastrous reign.
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Martial has had a terrible season, but it is a good reminder of the beauty of the landscape. The Frenchman has deceived throughout his United career. His fleeting moments are almost never capitalized upon and used to propel him forward.
Martial has been unable to live up to the praise he received from Eric Cantona, a United legend and his fellow countryman in the immediate aftermath to his move to Old Trafford. Cantona stated this a month after Martial was made a Red Devil. “Martial is France’s biggest talent, in three years he’ll be worth €100m. Hopefully, he scores many goals for United.”
Instead, he’s seven years behind the game and has failed to achieve even five goals in a single season for United or the club United would allow him to leave on loan.
Martial is only 26 so he still has time to turn things around. Old Trafford’s chances of this happening seem slim.