Anthony Martial backed to leave Man Utd if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signs transfer replacement

Manchester United will allow Anthony Martial to leave the club if they sign a world-class replacement, reckons former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. Hislop says Martial has looked unhappy at United and would not be surprised if he wants to seek pastures new. The French forward is the Red Devils’ second-top scorer this season with 16 goals in all competitions.

Martial has played in a central striker role for the majority of the campaign following the departure of Romelu Lukaku last summer.

But despite the 24-year-old’s success, Hislop can see him pushing for a move if United strengthen in attack.

Two strikers linked with a move to United are Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

“I can see [Martial] departing Old Trafford,” Hislop told ESPN.

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“At times he’s cut a forlorn figure and not looked happy with his football.

“The challenge is, I don’t see why Manchester United let him go right now.

“Manchester United don’t have an awful lot of world-class talent in that dressing room and Martial is one of their brightest talents.

“So until you find a replacement for him, until you can pack that dressing room with players as good as or better than, I don’t see why you let him go.

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“It makes sense for Martial to look for an exit right now, it just doesn’t make sense for Manchester United and they’re holding the cards.”

Meanwhile, former United right-back Paul Parker insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead the club forward despite Mauricio Pochettino being available after his gardening leave at Tottenham ended.

“You talk about Pochettino, he’s been mentioned a lot of late,” Parker said on talkSPORT.

“I’ve seen today he’s doing something on TV, he’s about and people are trying to push him towards jobs.


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“You throw him in at Manchester United and it’s an easy one to do, to say Poch at a big club, something could happen.

“But we have to say that things at United have shown, with how they finished before this situation started, it would have suggested they would have been there until the last kick of the ball to get into the Champions League.

“They had turned around, [Solskjaer] had turned them around as a team, as a club, the whole place was definitely moving forward.

“So United at this moment are going forward, we’ll wait and see what happens when things start again, but if you’re judging it now it’s wrong that people are still trying to get that man [Solskjaer] out of that job.”

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