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Gary Neville: Man Utd player has been "nowhere near good enough"

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Having spent £150 million in the transfer window, Jose Mourinho will be disappointed with how some of his Manchester United players have performed this season.

Paul Pogba has flattered to deceive since joining for £89 million; Wayne Rooney's decline appears to be gathering pace; while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has played just 107 minutes' worth of Premier League football.

That's without mentioning the likes of Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini who, for one reason or another, have also drawn criticism.

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Simply put, Mourinho expects better from his players.

Gary Neville has been particularly vocal this season with regard to his former side's deficiencies and, speaking on Sky Sports, he named one player who has been "nowhere near good enough".

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In the United legend's opinion, Anthony Martial has failed to deliver since joining 18 months ago and needs to up his work rate.

He said, per the Mirror: "There's someone going under the radar. They signed a player 18 months ago for £55 million and in the last six, seven, eight months he's not delivered.

"Mourinho said he's trained well these past few weeks but he now needs to start performing on the pitch because at £ 55million, you think about the scrutiny players come under at this club.

"Martial has gone under the radar and needs to start delivering.

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"Some of the performances have been nowhere near good enough. His work rate's not good enough as far as I can see."

One goal and two assists in seven Premier League appearances ia a poor return from Martial, who so famously burst onto the scene last term with a debut strike against Liverpool.

A lack of game time appears to have taken its toll, with Mourinho often preferring the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata out wide.

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Having the No.9 shirt taken away from him might have also held a damaging effect. Upon Ibrahimovic's arrival, Martial was given the No.11 as the Swede inherited his old jersey.

The Frenchman's agent, Philippe Lamoley, recently revealed how the decision affected him, saying: "I'm not going to lie to you. Yes, it got to him. Yes, it surprised him. Yes, he was disappointed.

"But he's professional. He knew how to get back into things straightaway. Personally, I find that decision out of order and disrespectful to my player.

"I told Manchester United's board that. You just don't do it. So we accepted it, we turned the page, but we didn't rip it up."

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Gary Neville
Football
Premier League
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Jose Mourinho

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