Anthony Martial, former master of the art of impermanence
September 12, 2015. England Derby. Manchester United vs Liverpool. In his first appearance for the Red Devils, Anthony Martial scored an anthology goal. An action that sums up all the class and talent of the Esson native. But it leaves a bitter feeling as flashes of his genius become increasingly rare. In 2021, his coach Ole Gunnar Soläsker makes a statement that sums up the Frenchman’s career quite well. “The form is sometimes temporary, but the class is permanent and the child has a class”. Yes, it is undeniable that his talent is pure, but his career has been marked by fickleness, ups, but also and above all downs. The recurring injuries and extra-sports adventures that took him away from the round ball are to blame. During his 7 years at Manchester United, Anthony Martial met many coaches. With José Mourinho, the current never passed. It was under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he had his best season in the 2019-2020 season. 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions. Which earned him the Player of the Season as voted by his teammates.
Bumpy Adventure with the Blues
If Anthony Martial has 30 caps for France today, the Massy native has never been considered the undisputed winner. He had many air pockets. While his last selection with the Blues dated back to March 2018, an interested party found the Blues in September 2020. The hope of playing in Euro 2020, postponed due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, immediately appeared. Unfortunately, Anthony Martial was overtaken by his demons from the past: trauma. On March 28, 2021, France faced Kazakhstan in a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup. Having received a blow to the left knee, he did not finish the match. The verdict is false: he suffers from a torn ligament in his left knee, depriving him of a euro. His atypical profile, however, allows him to maintain confidence in the eyes of Didier Deschamps, who does not hesitate to call him when he is in good shape… It is for this reason and with the aim of participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. that he decides to make a strong choice in favor of his career.
Another setback for Sevilla
Despite strong competition at Manchester United with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, the 26-year-old decided to leave the Red Devils in the winter of 2022. Head to Sevilla on a loan without the right to buy. . A real breath of fresh air for the 26-year-old who admitted he no longer enjoys Manchester United. In Andalusia, he made a promising start under Julen Lopetegui. Decisive pass against Elche in the league and his first goal in the new color against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League. Then another air pocket. Total played 8 games and some contribution. His precarious status, almost automatically condemning him to return to the side of the people of Old Trafford, does not play in his favor. In any case, the Sevillian fans were not convinced by this player, who did not hesitate to blow his whistle. With a few more matches left for the interested party to refute, the trend is towards a return to Manchester United next summer. Recall that he is associated with the Red Devils until 2024. If Anthony Martial is only 26 years old, his future choice will be decisive for his entire future career.
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