Can Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, 23, break out of his slump?
Manchester United fell to a 0-3 home defeat to Newcastle in the fourth round of the 2023-24 Carabao Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on Sunday (Feb. 2).
The Red Devils, who won the competition last season, were hoping to shake off their league slump. United suffered back-to-back 0-3 defeats against Manchester City in the 10th round of the Premier League.
On this day, United’s defense was a problem, but it was their attack that was frustrating. After the game, manager Eric ten Hagg was asked if winger Anthony was the player they expected when they signed him, according to the Daily Mail.
“First of all, as a team, we didn’t play well. When the team doesn’t get him the ball, he’s not playing well. I’m responsible for that as well,” he said.
“But obviously there was a lot of noise, and he lowered that level. He can do better. All the players can do better,” he added.
He also said, “Anthony is a fighter. He’s confident. He’s brave. I am sure he will show that he is the right player for us.”
Anthony is a Brazilian winger. In the 2021-22 season, he led Ajax to the title with 12 goals and 10 assists in 33 games. His potential has been recognized with a call-up to the Brazilian national team, and the 2000-born prospect has quickly made a name for himself with two goals in 11 games.
Ten Haag was keen to sign Anthony, who had 토토 been a regular at Ajax in the past. After protracted negotiations, he managed to get him for a whopping £86.3 million. Critics said it was an overpayment.
His first season left something to be desired, but he showed promise. In total, he scored 10 goals and provided five assists in 47 games. He started 23 out of 25 Premier League games, showing his place in the team.
No offensive points yet this season. Has gone 10 games without a goal or an assist. Has started five of seven Premier League games.