Paul Scholes speaks the truth about Anthony Martial amid criticism for Brighton performance

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Manchester United are currently in crisis mode.

After a tumultuous summer, where Jose Mourinho was left frustrated with the club's inactivity in the transfer market, United suffered defeat in their second Premier League game of the season to Brighton & Hove Albion.

In truth, Mourinho's side were second best throughout and deserved to be on the losing end.

Despite Paul Pogba's last minute penalty, Man United succumbed 3-2 to Chris Hughton's side.

There have been many players blamed for the defeat, but one man who has been criticised perhaps more than most is Anthony Martial.

The French winger, who has come under criticism by fans for some time, failed to get into the game before being subbed off in the 60th minute.

But Paul Scholes has leapt to his defence, stating that he could not possibly perform to the best of his ability with the lack of service he was getting from midfield.

"When you’re 3-1 down, your first thought then is, 'we’ve got to score goals, we have to score goals'," he told OptusSport. "Where’s the urgency?

"You get a ball in midfield, they’re playing the ball backwards, Paul Pogba is playing the ball out of play, he’s over-hitting passes, hitting passes short, he’s getting caught in possession.

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"You over complicate games. You have to get the ball to the players who can beat a man, who can win games for you. Lukaku can do it. Martial can do it.

"Martial, in that first half – what was he on for? 55 minutes? An hour? He got one ball down the left-hand side in the first half. And he absolutely flew past the right-back. I can’t remember another time when you get the ball to him.

"As a midfield player for Man United, your job is to get the ball to your best players who can hurt [the opposition]. But the Man United midfield players could never do it."

Well said, Paul. Martial did not put in a great performance against Brighton, but there's not much more he could have done.

The 22-year-old cannot win games purely on his own. It's the midfields job to get the ball to him, and they failed to do that for the vast majority of the game.

Martial's talent is plain to see, but he needs service to be at his best.

Paul Scholes
Anthony Martial
Jose Mourinho
Paul Pogba
Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United

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