Alan Shearer found watching Anthony Martial ‘frustrating’ in Manchester United’s FA Cup exit to Leicester and conceded the Frenchman lacks the ‘hunger’ to be a No. 9.
United were beaten 3-1 by high-flying Leicester, with goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans ending United’s hopes of domestic silverware this season.
Mason Greenwood scored a consolation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side but Leicester were the far more impressive outfit on the night and deservedly booked a semi-final spot against Southampton.
Solskjaer defended his team’s efforts, refusing to pile blame on his beaten players, but Shearer felt Martial wasn’t offering enough in the striker role.
‘He was very isolated but then sometimes you need help off your team-mates but you can also help yourself by putting yourself in better positions,’ Shearer told BBC Sport.
‘It was a really frustrating performance for him because when his team-mates are looking for options from him, for him to either come short to be the link-up play, a lot of the time I’m thinking, “Come on, help”.
‘Paul Pogba is looking for some help, he needs a run off the forward, there’s no one there. In his defence, he never really had any midfielder who was prepared to run past him or prepared to give him that little bit of support he so badly needed.
‘He kept on pulling onto the full back for the long diagonal, which is fine that can be good but not every time. It didn’t really work for him tonight and I was really frustrated for him on the sidelines.
‘I don’t think he’s a nine. He doesn’t look comfortable in the nine position. He doesn’t look as if he’s got that hunger to score as many goals as he could and should. It was a frustrating performance.’
Former United striker Dion Dublin is concerned by their lack of options through the middle.
‘In my opinion Man United don’t have a No. 9. Edinson Cavani, thats it.
‘The rest are very good coming in from the left, off the right but Martial is not a centre-forward. Absolutely not. 100%.’
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