Manchester United’s return to the group stages of the Champions League got off to the perfect start as they beat FC Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, but Red Devils fans weren’t impressed with Anthony Martial’s performance.
The French forward returned to the starting line-up for the visit of the Swiss champions having found himself on the substitutes’ bench for the 2-2 draw against Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday, but he struggled to make a real impact from the left-hand side before being replaced by Jesse Lingard in the 69th minute.
The Red Devils still sealed a comfortable victory though with goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford being sandwiched by yet another for Romelu Lukaku.
Man United supporters were quick to have their say on Martial’s showing via social media, and while some claimed that he “looked uninterested”, others feel that he needs to be “more consistent” if he wants to be a regular starter.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Martial and Mhkitaryan weren't too hot tonight. But give room for others to showcase themselves. Can't complain #MUFC
— Mark Hampsey (@markhamps10) September 12, 2017
A very improtant win. Mkhi and Martial weren't decent enough, a good day for Felliani. Im off to buy a Felliani shirt! #MUFC
— Mohammad Jaafar (@mohmdjaafar) September 12, 2017
Martial: Great talent,NO DOUBT! Has a lot to prove though,has time on his side. Personally, I question his desire,ambition,hunger! #MUFC
— KING kOnG|The OG🤴🏽 (@ogee_supang) September 12, 2017
Literally 30 secs after coming off the bench Rashford was more dangerous + had me off my seat than Martial in 65mins. #MUFC
— MUFC (@20MUFC08) September 12, 2017
— Joshua James Porter (@JoshPorter22) September 12, 2017
— Abhijit Khamaru (@abhi9_k) September 12, 2017
— SoccerLimey (@SoccerLimey) September 12, 2017
I think we'll end up selling Martial, I really do. #mufc
— George O'Brien (@geoman52) September 12, 2017
Three things we learnt from todays UEFA man utd
— leyxon_delee (@Leyxon_D) September 12, 2017