Former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke feels that Anthony Martial has been unfairly “singled out” for criticism in recent seasons.
The Frenchman has failed to show consistency in front of goal since his marquee arrival from Monaco in 2015.
While he has shown flashes of his true talent, he has often become the subject of finger-pointing from pundits. Indeed, ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes has proved a vocal critic of the striker.
What’s more, he has dropped off again this term, having hit a career-best 23 goals last season.
But speaking to United’s official website, Yorke believes that 25-year-old Martial is still on a “learning curve”.
“He’s had a pretty difficult time, at times, hasn’t he and I think he’s been singled out, in my opinion, very harshly,” the ex-striker said.
“I think he’s a fantastic player for what he brings to the team but has probably, in my opinion, been singled out far too often. He’s done a fantastic job and is still only a young guy.
“Coming into our league in England is very difficult for any guy and he’s still at that, I call it, the football education stage.
“He’s still 25 and has a couple of years before he really blossoms into the footballer he should become.
“He’s still at that learning curve but, yeah, I feel winning takes care of everything. It’s an old cliche but, when you’re scoring goals as a striker, that will always take care of everything.”
Yorke admits that scrutiny is part and parcel of playing for United at the highest level. As such, he wants Martial to help himself by trying to rediscover his top form.
Yorke backs Martial resurgence
“At the moment, he’s not doing that and people always point the finger at an individual or a few individuals, singling him out at the moment,” Yorke added.
“So, for me, it’s been harshly done but, at the end of the day, being a Manchester United player, you are always going to have people trying to do that.
“You’re under that scrutiny, so to speak, so you have to rise above it and show what you’re capable of doing.
“I’m sure he can produce the football we’ve seen in the past and get back to that and it will take care of everything else.”
United return to action on Saturday when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
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