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Gary Neville gives his honest opinion on Anthony Martial rejecting new Man Utd deal

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Just days after Luke Shaw ended speculation over his future at Manchester United, Anthony Martial has sent shockwaves through the club by rejecting a new contract.

The Frenchman, whose current deal expires next summer but has the option of a one-year extension, has cut a frustrated figure under Jose Mourinho this season.

A lack of game time has played its part, but Martial and Mourinho have been at each other's necks since the summer.

Martial flew home from United's US tour to be with his pregnant partner, which angered Mourinho and resulted in him being fined.

Since then their relationship has seemingly deteriorated, though talks are expected to continue over a new contract.

Most United fans want the 22-year-old to stay but have their doubts about him at the same time, which is exactly how Gary Neville feels.

Speaking on Sky Sports on Friday night, the former right-back gave his honest opinion on the situation and said Martial is an "unbelievable talent" but doesn't do enough on the pitch.

"[Martial] probably wants the same level of money some of the other players in the squad are on," said Neville. "He is probably looking at his options externally.

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"From that point of view, at this moment in time, it doesn't surprise me at all that he's turned it down. He's got unbelievable talent, the ability to become one of the best in the world.

"He just needs confidence, belief and to play in a team that's successful and all of a sudden we'll see the real Martial.

"On the other hand I'd look at it thinking his body language isn't great, his movement off the ball isn't great, he does not make enough moves between the right-back and centre-back.

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"He doesn't drive at people often enough in the final third. I am so torn. You don't want to lose him and think of what he might become.

"It feels like I am sitting on the fence, but it is the reality I am at, I cannot make my mind up on him and I am not sure if that's good or bad three years in."

Neville has pretty much summed up the general feeling towards Martial's uncertain future, because no one seems overly sure what's best.

Martial has the potential to be one of the world's best, but he's been at United three years now and really ought to be producing better numbers by now.

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