Martial called ‘arrogant and entitled nitwit’ by Jordan after Man Utd rant

Anthony Martial has been torn to shreds by Simon Jordan, who labelled the Manchester United ace "arrogant and entitled nitwit".

The Frenchman's form at Old Trafford has trickled down since a barnstorming campaign in 2019/20 where he scored 17 times in the Premier League. Since that season, he has managed just five in two years.

The striker's attitude has come into question on more than one occasion and a failed loan spell at Sevilla saw him return to United this summer without anyone interested in his services despite a transfer being touted.

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Recently, Martial made comments criticising his former managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho and this irked talkSPORT pundit Jordan, who laughed a verbal assault on the France international.

"So basically – you arrogant, entitled little nitwit – your manager offered you an opportunity to see his way of thinking, you perceived that as being treachery," he said.

"And you then move it along and you take a swipe at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… This sort of outlook and disposition, does it not stagger you a little bit and steer into the narrative that people have such a low opinion of footballers sometimes, the lack of self-awareness?"

Martial had said of Mourinho: "The story did not start well [with the shirt saga – when Mourinho took the No 9 shirt off Martial to give to Zlatan Ibrahimovic].

"He disrespected me, straight up… He was talking about me in the press. He likes these games, but he also knows who he is doing it with. He knows that I am 20 years old then and that if I say something, it is I who will be the young person who lacks respect.

"The second season [at United], I was the team's top scorer in the first part of the season, he brought in Alexis Sanchez and I hardly played anymore. It cost me dearly. I should have been there [the 2018 World Cup]."

And the forward did not stop there, even hitting out at Solskjaer and accusing him of treachery. He said: "I regularly played injured. People don’t know it, I couldn’t accelerate during the four months following the Covid season.

"The coach tells me he needs me, so I play. But, given my game, if I can’t accelerate, it becomes very complicated all the same. The coach never bothered to tell the media.

"Obviously, I ended up getting injured for good and when I came back, finished, I didn’t play anymore. I took it very badly, I had a feeling of injustice, you are asked to sacrifice yourself for the team and behind the scenes you are dismissed.

"For me, it’s almost treachery. That’s all I hate. I can be blamed, but not for being fake."

The door had been opened for Martial to make a return to the fold at United under new boss Erik ten Hag and there was real optimism after an assist for Marcus Rashford against Liverpool in a 2-1 win. However, problems with his Achilles has since ruled him out of every subsequent match.


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