Paul Scholes believes Anthony Martial ‘doesn’t have the heart’ to play for Manchester United following the club’s Europa League exit on Thursday evening.
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United delivered a woeful performance at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium as Sevilla ran out deserved 3-0 winners to reach the semi final where they will play Juventus.
United are now looking to bounce back win their FA Cup semi final against Brighton at Wembley on Sunday.
But looking beyond the end of the season, Scholes has questioned whether Martial has a long-term future under Erik ten Hag and feels United also need to address multiple positions in the upcoming transfer window.
Asked which area of the team Ten Hag needs to address, Scholes told BT Sport: I think a centre-forward position, that’s quite clear.
‘I think Anthony Martial is a talented lad but I think when the going gets tough, when he’s really got to dig in, he doesn’t quite have the heart for it. He didn’t tonight, again.
‘I don’t know how bad his injury is, he limped off. He could be training tomorrow, he could be out for six months, he’s one of them, you just don’t know.
‘I think in other areas, you look defensively, I think the right-back position is a little bit of a problem for him [Ten Hag]. He’s changing all the time between Wan-Bissaka and Dalot, I don’t think he’s sure on either of them.
‘You have to question the goalkeeper, especially tonight. I think Ten Hag eventually will want to play out from the back.
‘David de Gea has been a fantastic goalkeeper but he’s not a fantastic footballer. You see the pass he played into Harry Maguire, look, it’s not a bad pass I know, Harry Maguire wanted it, but you have to read the situation, read what’s going on in the stadium, it’s not the place.
‘Regardless of what the manager wants to play, read the situation, read the atmosphere. That’s an experienced player.’
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