Manchester United slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United last night.
The home side had a glorious opportunity to climb back up to the top of the table with a win and the fans were disappointed with the performance of the players.
Sheffield United were massive underdogs heading into the game and the Red Devils should have picked up all three points. They are fighting for the league title this season and need to win these games in order to match up to the likes of Manchester City.
United striker Anthony Martial put on a disappointing display for his side and his performance was heavily criticised on social media after the game.
The Frenchman could have been taken off earlier on in the game after sustaining a minor shoulder injury, but United chose to keep him on the pitch after providing him with the necessary treatment.
Martial lacked the cutting edge throughout the game and his movement was poor. The 25-year-old struggled to link up with his teammates and when he did find the net, his strike was disallowed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have brought on Edinson Cavani in his place and the Red Devils will regret their decision to keep him on.
Some United fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Martial’s performance and here is what they had to say.
Anthony Martial will never be the starting striker for a title winning team and the sooner people accept this the better. Not consistent enough, doesn’t put the effort in and I don’t think he has the mentality to push on and reach that level.
— Sam (@SibsMUFC) January 27, 2021
— Farzan Patel (@TheTipsyParsi) January 28, 2021
Last night’s result is exactly like a dagger in the heart.
A team team really serious about challenging for honors don’t play that way.
Martial needs to buckle up because he’s systematically looking more important to opponents than our team.
Win Lose or draw #GGMU
— Chris ecko (@Aceecko) January 28, 2021
Ole will continue to slip in the title race if he continues to make wrong selection. My question is why must martial play ahead of cavani. #MUNSHU
— ogbebor Boyen (@Boyen1992) January 28, 2021
I am still so disappointed in the performance and the result last night but the main thing to put it right on Saturday. If we are to maintain any kind of challenge we can’t have 2 defeats in a row. Martial also needs dropped he has had enough chances this season. #MUFC #MUNSHU
— United Red in Edinburgh (@UnitedRedEdin) January 28, 2021