Anthony Martial’s representatives have defended their client amid criticism by comparing him to three club legends.
Martial faces a battle to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he has a long-term future at Manchester United, with the manager believed to have grown increasingly exasperated over Martial’s attitude since he signed a new long-term contract at the end of January.
But Martial is just one of four players to score at least 10 Premier League goals for United this season.
And, as pointed out by agent Philippe Lamboley and his agency USFA, the Frenchman’s goals-per-game record after four seasons is actually better than the stats recorded by fellow wide men Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs at the same stage of their Old Trafford careers.
USFA’s Instagram account posed the stats in a graphic along with the message: ‘Criticising is easy, the truth is on the pitch.’
Martial’s 48 strikes in his first 173 appearances mean he has averaged 0.28 goals per game for United so far.
Giggs netted 39 times in 195 games in his first seasons, at a rate of one every five games (0.20 GPG).
Meanwhile, Beckham’s 40 goals in 194 games and Ronaldo’s 50 in 190 gave them GPGs of 0.21 and 0.26 respectively.