Alan Shearer felt Anthony Martial left himself and Manchester United down with a poor efficiency as one other trophy avenue was firmly slammed shut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United bowed out of the FA Cup on the quarter-final levels in tepid trend as Leicester ran out comfy 3-1 winners.
United began with Bruno Fernandes on the bench – they usually have been made to pay for it with a scarcity of creativity. After the match, an unrepentant Solskjaer insisted he would make the identical modifications once more.
Nonetheless, Shearer had no problem with the facet United began with, however extra the efforts of Martial, who he stated put in a “irritating efficiency”.
“He was very remoted, however then typically you need assistance off your teammates. However you may as well assist your self by placing your self in higher positions,” Shearer advised BBC Sport.
“It was a extremely irritating efficiency for him. When his teammates are in search of choices from him, for him to both come quick to be the link-up play, a number of the time I’m considering, ‘Come on, assist’.
“Paul Pogba is in search of some assist, he wants a run off the ahead, there’s nobody there. In his defence, he by no means actually had any midfielder who was ready to run previous him or ready to present him that little little bit of help he so badly wanted.
“He saved on pulling onto the total again for the lengthy diagonal. That’s high-quality – that may be good – however not each time. It didn’t actually work for him tonight and I used to be actually pissed off for him on the sidelines.
Shearer says Martial ‘not a No 9’
Martial netted 23 instances final season taking part in within the central placing function.
It’s been a special story this time round with simply seven objectives to his identify. As such, Shearer has acknowledged his explanation why Martial shouldn’t be thought-about a No 9.
“I don’t assume he’s a 9. He doesn’t look comfy within the 9 place. He doesn’t look as if he’s obtained that starvation to attain as many objectives as he might and will. It was a irritating efficiency.”
His level was echoed by Dion Dublin, who stated there was solely actually one man in United’s squad able to taking part in that place.
“In my view Man United solely have one No 9. Edinson Cavani, thats it. The remaining are excellent coming in from the left, off the correct however Martial is just not a centre-forward. Completely not. 100%.”