Despite missing three months of the season, Martial has bagged 16 goals in 34 appearances for the Red Devils this term. Nevertheless, question marks have been raised about the Frenchman’s perceived lack of work-rate off the ball, as well as his languid body language.
But Watford skipper Deeney thinks Martial deserves no detractors.”How can you not like Martial? He’s so sick,” Martial told United We Stand.
“He scored against us, everybody said he was unbelievable. He could play the same game against Burnley and not score and he’s ‘lazy’. That’s how fickle fans are. He could play really bad, have real bad touches, score two, you win 2-0, [and people say] Martial’s unbelievable today.
“They’re not looking at the footballing context. If you’re looking at it from a purely football context – why’s he going to chase a right-back down? He’s not going to do that. I’m not going to lie, it’s how I made a living! I still think they need to figure out Martial – is he playing on the left or as a striker?”
Martial was on course to register his most productive campaign in front of goal before the coronavirus pandemic postponed football.