Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should drop Anthony Martial for Edinson Cavani according to ex-Manchester United star Paul Parker, who says you never know which version of the French forward is “going to turn up” in matches.
The 2019-20 campaign was Martial’s best yet at Old Trafford, as he managed to break the 20-goal mark for the first time since joining United from Monaco in 2015.
The 25-year-old has been unable to carry that form into their latest campaign, and his position in Solskjaer’s starting XI has been called into question.
arker thinks the ex-Paris Saint-Germain marksman deserves to play ahead of the Red Devils’ current No.9, as he believes the 33-year-old is the best natural centre-forward the club have had since Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I’m sceptical about some of the players he [Solskjaer] is leaving on the touchline,” the former United full-back told talkSPORT. “It does worry me that you’re leaving good players on the touchline who you need to get in, get playing consistently and get the best from them.
“Edinson Cavani is one of them. The one thing United have been lacking for quite a few years now is a consistent centre-forward, somebody who knows how to play in that position with their runs, holding up the ball, playing little one-twos and movement in behind.
“United haven’t had that; the only one they’ve had of any note since Sir Alex retired was Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“All Ole is trying to do at the moment is get some consistency in their game, and if players like Cavani – with the levels they have played at – are playing then maybe they will.”
Parker also feels Martial is an unreliable candidate to fill a role on the right-wing in Solskjaer’s line up, and he is not sure Mason Greenwood is up to the task either after the teenager’s recent scoring dip.
“Marcus Rashford is always going to be in the team on the left-hand side, but the right-hand side is up there for auction at this moment in time,” he added.
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