Man United forward Anthony Martial rejects loan move to Lyon
Anthony Martial rejects Lyon loan advance
Man United French international forward Anthony Martial rejected a late loan advance from Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyonnais tonight, despite his future remaining unclear at Old Trafford.
Breaking | Lyon approached Manchester United about a loan for Anthony Martial today, but the player rejected, according to L’Équipe. More follows.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 31, 2021
As reported by Get French Football sourced from Le Equipe, the versatile Martial has no intention of a return to France despite the Red Devils’ summer recruitment drive that has seen Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford and Jadon Sancho return to Manchester, albeit to the other side.
It is perhaps a curious choice by Martial, who is now one of nine players to compete for three or four attacking spots in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team, and who almost certainly will have to be shifted back to the flank if he has any chance of regularly featuring this season.
Quietly influential; Martial may still have Man United role
It is hard to read the room when it comes to gauging Martial’s tenure with Man United since his arrival from AS Monaco back in 2015/16.
On the surface, the data suggests he has been far better than many may be prepared to admit. In 261-appearances for the Red Devils, Martial has bagged 78-goals and racked up 50-assists for a goal contribution rate of a shade under 0.50 contributions/match across six seasons. For a player who has never consistently been the first-choice option, those numbers are not half bad.
In the two seasons where Martial logged over 2000-minutes on the pitch he has delivered, including an impressive 2019-20 season that saw him hit 17-goals in the Premier League while adding seven assists. Additionally, Martial has broken the double-digit goal barrier in the league on three occasions, and his contributions – though muted – could play an important role this season.
There is no telling how Sancho will reacclimatize to life in the Premier League, nor is there a current option at the club that could internally replace Edinson Cavani after he leaves next summer once his contract comes to an end.
He may be made to fight for his place this season even after Dan James completed his move to Leeds, but there is still scope for Martial to have a long-term future at Man United when you factor in he is still just 25-years-old.