Manchester United are likely to be playing Europa League football next season after failing to beat top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Juan Mata in the 11th minute, but another mistake from the out-of-sorts David de Gea on the stroke of half-time gifted an equaliser to Marcos Alonso.
The result means United stay sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, with only two matches left to play.
Even if United win their two remaining fixtures - against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City - it still won’t guarantee them a top-four finish.
Solskjaer started the Chelsea game with Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku upfront, with Juan Mata in behind.
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There was no room in the starting line-up for Anthony Martial, who was an unused substitute.
Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay all came on ahead of the Frenchman, who has blown hot and cold since joining the Red Devils back in 2015.
Perhaps Solskjaer’s decision to leave Martial on the bench was influenced by his effort in the pre-match warm-up.
Although Sky Sports’ cameras didn’t pick it up, one season-ticket holder inside Old Trafford did.
The following video shows Martial standing around like a statue for 36 seconds while his teammates were all busy warming up.
Watch it here…
A second video was then posted by the same person, which shows Martial continued to stand around motionless...
Needless to say, the footage has both angered and concerned Man Utd fans.
Considering the club are going through a rough patch, they want to see all of the players pulling together - not sulking in the warm-up.
No wonder he didn’t get off the bench.
It’s worth noting that Martial now earns £250,000 a week, per Sky Sports, after putting pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract in January.
Solskjaer would have played his part in convincing the club to hand Martial the new deal - and this is how he’s repaid.News Now - Sport News