Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs criticised Anthony Martial after the Red Devils’ 2-0 win against Manchester City at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman opened the scoring when he latched onto a clever free-kick from Bruno Fernandes to volley past Ederson.
Martial has often been criticised for his apparent laziness and Giggs slammed the Frenchman in December by calling him ‘lethargic’ and insisting he should be dropped for teenager Mason Greenwood.
The Frenchman is clearly trying to work on other areas of his game and that was clear in the second half when he closed down a bad touch from City goalkeeper Ederson.
The Brazilian allowed the ball to slip under his studs and narrowly cleared the ball before Martial could produce a block – much in the same way that Dominic Calvert-Lewin managed against United at Goodison Park last weekend.
But Giggs criticised the manner in which Martial closed down Ederson and says he would have scored his second of the game had he approached it differently.
‘It was echoes of David De Gea last week. He [Ederson] was dithering on the ball,’ Giggs told Premier League Productions.
‘Martial and United pressed well at times. Me and Michael [Owen] were just talking about it and maybe I’m being overcritical but he should actually go with his right foot and block Ederson’s attempt to clear it.
‘But instead he goes with his left foot. He doesn’t quite get there and clatters into the post. It’s a strange technique really to go with his left foot rather than blocking it with his right foot.’
Martial collided with the post in the aftermath of the incident and looked as if he would have to come off before making a quick recovery.
The Frenchman took to social media afterwards to display his battle scars.
Michael Owen was in agreement and says Martial would have scored had he put his ‘weight’ behind it.
‘He goes for the ball as if the keeper isn’t there to tap it in but he needs to use all weight and almost tackle the ball into the goal with momentum and weight,’ said Owen.
‘He was never going to score just by tapping it in because Ederson was always going to tackle him so right foot, all your weight behind it and tackle the goalkeeper. Put them both into the net.’
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