Edinson Cavani will have told Manchester United teammate Anthony Martial that he is free to make attacking runs in a sarcastic comment, says one pundit.
Craig Burley was speaking after United’s narrow 1-0 win over West Brom on Saturday. Midfielder Bruno Fernandes was once again the Red Devils’ hero from the penalty spot.
The win was a crucial one for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; not only was it his team’s second in a row after recent criticism, but it was their first at home in the Premier League this season.
The Frenchman again struggled to make an impact, even when Cavani came off the bench to add further firepower. Indeed, Burley says that Cavani will have spoken strongly to his fellow forward.
“Anthony Martial thinks he’s a better player than he is. It’s as simple as that,” he told ESPN (via the Manchester Evening News).
“He’s a talent but can he carry a club of this size as a striker? You see flashes of it but when Edinson Cavani came on, he must have said to him, ‘you know you’re allowed to move and make runs?’ Because he doesn’t do enough.
“On top of that his finishing wasn’t right. I think with him there’s an arrogance that it’s just going to happen, rather than make it happen, and that’s a problem.”
United return to action on Tuesday when Istanbul Basaksehir are the Champions League visitors to Old Trafford.
Solskjaer’s men lost to the Turkish side in a lacklustre performance before the international break.
Pundit calls for Fernandes tactic ban
Meanwhile, Ian Wright has called on football’s lawmakers to prevent jumps in penalty run-ups.
Fernandes is a firm advocate of the tactic, which he has employed to great success in his career.
However, former Arsenal forward Wright believes that it puts goalkeepers in a “difficult” situation.