Roy Keane has said that Anthony Martial’s costly miss in the second half against Liverpool “summed” his Manchester United career up.
Having been on the ropes for much of the first half and the opening 10 minutes in the second period, Martial was presented with a brilliant chance to level the scores at Anfield but blazed over from close range.
The chance came after Liverpool had gone a goal up through Virgil van Dijk before having two goals disallowed and missing chances of their own.
With United pushing then pushing for an equaliser late on, Mohamed Salah punished Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side in stoppage time with a blistering counter-attack set up by goalkeeper Alisson.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Keane was asked about Martial’s miss.
He said: “Martial has come to Man Utd and the big strikers score in the big moments, but his miss [in the second half] sums up his career at Man Utd.
“Excellent build-up play, but you have to hit the target. No excuses.
“The big strikers who are remembered by the supporters hit the target and the back of the net, and that’s why that guy [Martial] is not quite good enough for Man Utd. That moment summed him up.”
Graeme Souness added: “I think this is his fifth season. How much time are you going to give him?
“Every one of us would think, looking at him, that there’s definitely a player in there, but you don’t seen enough.
“And that’s why, if you play for a big club, you’ve got to perform most weeks. He’s not consistent enough for me.”
Martial was without strike partner Marcus Rashford at Anfield and after the game, Solskjaer confirmed bad news on the injury front for the England international.
“He’s suffered a bad injury,” Solskjaer said. “Yeah it’s a [back] stress fracture, it happened against Wolves.
“It’s not happened before, it happened there and then. He’ll be out for a while. He won’t be back until after the mid-season break.
“Normally six weeks to heal, but I’m not a doctor, and then he needs rehab after that probably.”