By Daniel Matthews For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 14:36 GMT, 2 November 2019 | Updated: 15:10 GMT, 2 November 2019
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to be believed, the best of Anthony Martial is still to come.
Ahead of Saturday’s defeat by Bournemouth, the United boss said the forward was starting to show the maturity and happiness that would bear fruit in years to come.
Martial, it was claimed, had even been invigorating his team-mates in training with an ‘infectious’ smile and sense of humour.
Anthony Martial was a far cry from the invigorated presence Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about
It wasn’t too long ago, of course, that he looked set to leave Old Trafford. Now all the Frenchman needed to do to cement the No 9 shirt was become ‘obsessed’ with scoring goals.
As they sheltered from the wind and rain on Saturday, the small pocked of travelling fans packed into one corner of the Vitality Stadium, must have wondered what became of that Martial during the 250-mile journey south.
Instead, what they witnessed here was the sort of lifeless, ineffective display that has cropped up too often in his United career. No United starter, not even David de Gea, touched the ball less. In fact, the forward’s most notable contribution was to go down under a challenge from Jefferson Lerma inside the box, sparking handbags between the two teams.
Martial was no by means alone. There was little joy on the left for Marcus