Manchester United have been urged to cash in on a ‘talented’ attacking star this summer because of his ‘terrible attitude’.
In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee, who made 280 Premier League appearances during his career, believes the Red Devils should part ways with Anthony Martial, if they receive a substantial offer for the striker.
The France striker has taken a step back this season, after an impressive 2019-20 campaign when he notched 23 times.
This season Martial has bagged just four times in 22 Premier League games, his lowest total in a season for United so far.
His struggles in front of goal have led to talk that United might look to cash in on the £36million signing.
Lee is not the only pundit to have had a pop at the forward, with Alan Shearer also slamming the player earlier this month.
Former Newcastle and England star Lee admits that while he is Martial fan, the player constantly frustrates him.
He told FFC: “He’s such a talented lad, he’s quick and he can finish well but some days, he just doesn’t seem interested.
“His attitude seems terrible. So yeah, if somebody would give me £50 million for him, I’d snap their hand off.”
United win race for Real target
Manchester United are reported to have won the race to sign prized €65m-rated defender Pau Torres this summer – to leave Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spitting feathers.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to have been given the green light to spend this summer. As such, the United boss is looking to strengthen in three positions. On his wanted list are a new striker, a right-back and a centre-half. Indeed, a number of big names have been mentioned as possibles to come in as a partner for Harry Maguire.
Villarreal defender Torres has reportedly emerged as Solskjaer’s No 1 target this summer. Those hopes have been significantly boosted amid claims the 24-year-old is keen to move to Old Trafford. Indeed, United are said to have had contact with Villarreal in ‘recent weeks’ to register their interest.
The fact that Torres is the left-footed centre-half that Solskjaer has been craving makes him an even more attractive option.
However, news that Torres is set to move to United have not gone down well at the Bernabeu. As per El Desmarque, Perez is said to be ‘very angry’ after learning the defender is poised for Old Trafford.
Perez left fuming
They claim Perez had earmarked Torres as the heir to Sergio Ramos and that United’s move has left their plans in tatters. They conclude that Perez now thinks United have stolen the defender from under their noses.
It’s also suggested that United’s interest will blow the cash-strapped Los Blancos out of the water. They look like they may need to sell before they can buy – especially amid talk of a blockbuster deal for Kylian Mbappe.
United could have a further ace up their sleeves in the form of Eric Bailly. The defender could be used in part exchange as part of the deal, as we revealed back in November.
Torres has featured 32 times for Villarreal this season keeping nine clean sheets and scoring three goals.