Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has slammed former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his treatment of the striker during his time at the club, branding it akin to treachery.
The 26-year-old forward appeared 111 times under the Norweigian boss, scoring 35 times in the process, but began to fall out of favour towards the end of his reign, and Martial revealed that he often played while injured, affecting his performance, and that his manager chose not to reveal that to the media, instead letting the Frenchman’s critics mount.
“I regularly played injured,” Martial explained to France Football. “People don’t know it, I couldn’t sprint during the four months following the Covid season.”
“The coach tells me he needs me, so I play. But, given my playstyle, if I can’t accelerate, it becomes very complicated. And I got set on fire, the coach never bothered to tell the media.”
“Obviously, I ended up getting injured for good and when I came back, finished, I didn’t play anymore.
“I took it very badly, I had a feeling of injustice, you are asked to sacrifice yourself for the team and behind the scenes you are dismissed. For me, it’s almost treachery. That’s all I hate. I can be blamed, but not for being fake.”
Martial has returned to the first team now under Erik ten Hag, and was the first choice option in pre-season to lead the line for the Red Devils.
He has suffered an injury-ridden start to the season and has only featured once, instead seeing Marcus Rashford take his place at the tip of the attack. However, Martial is expected to be reinstated into the side upon his return from his latest setback, and will be hoping to reignite his currently stagnant Red Devils career.