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“His body language is horrible” — Former Man Utd forward Dion Dublin hits out at struggling Anthony Martial

By Ben Green

Published: 17:59, 23 September 2021

Former Manchester United forward Dion Dublin has criticised Anthony Martial after his underwhelming performance in the EFL Cup against West Ham United on Wednesday night.

David Moyes masterminded a 1-0 win for the Hammers at his old stamping ground thanks to an early Manuel Lanzini effort, with the result ending the London club’s 14-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford, which last came when Carlos Tevez was donning claret and blue.

Both clubs entered the third round owing to their European commitments, but Man Utd have been eliminated at their first hurdle, while the Hammers were rewarded with a home tie against reigning EFL Cup holders Manchester City for their efforts on Wednesday.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Moyes both deployed heavily-rotated XIs from Sunday’s showdown, which Man Utd won 2-1 courtesy of a late Jesse Lingard goal, with the England international handed a rare start, alongside the likes of Juan Mata, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly and Martial among others.

The 25-year-old has fallen down the pecking order this season following the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and the continued emergence of Mason Greenwood, but the contest against West Ham represented an ideal opportunity for Martial to keep his name in Solskjaer’s thoughts.

However, the Frenchman largely flattered to deceive as the host’s fired a blank and exited the tournament, leading to BBC Five Live pundit Dublin to hit out at his performance after the match, believing the struggling forward simply isn’t working hard enough to justify a starting berth.

Dublin said: “We need to see more from Anthony Martial, we have said it many times before but he is not helping his cause.

“I want to see him sweating and putting the ball in the back of the net. He has not done enough since being at United, you see flashes and think it is the start then he doesn’t do anything.

“His body language is horrible to watch, he doesn’t want to run around and work hard to be Manchester United’s No 9.

“There were too many parts in the game where Manchester United did not do enough, the final third was poor.”