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Anthony Martial may not be having the best time at Manchester United right now, but at least he can take solace in the fact that Villarreal boss Unai Emery rates him in the same category as Cristiano Ronaldo.
It's not been a great start to the season for Martial, who has been pushed to the periphery of the United squad with the introductions of Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo this summer.
The France forward has only started two games in all competitions and they saw United draw in the Premier League with Southampton and lose in the Carabao Cup to West Ham.
However, if the 25-year-old is feeling down, at least he knows Emery rates him, with the Villarreal boss name checking the Frenchman alongside Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as strikers who could 'play in any team.'
🗣 Unai Emery: “Individually, they [#mufc] have very good players – attackers like Cavani, Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo. These are three attackers who could play in any team.”— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) September 28, 2021
He put Martial in there, tryna play mindgames. No thanks Unai, he aint playing. Good ebening to you.— Zeeky the GOAT (@ozekithegoat) September 28, 2021
You want Martial G?— |~|~|~|~| (@____AMAD____) September 28, 2021
40m and its a deal.
Why are people upset he mentioned Martial? He is the only one who can play for both, your own as well as the opponents team.— Tushar (@Icarus07_) September 28, 2021
Man snuck in Martial like we wouldn't notice pic.twitter.com/xR6o7R5W4e— Papi Magnifico (@BantzChesterUtd) September 28, 2021
He's trying to get us to play martial so we lose... Got you figured out unai you clever bastard— Kieren (@kieren897) September 28, 2021
Man sneaked in martial like we wouldn't notice https://t.co/mUQLsRYBDR— el elfo del infierno (@Asmaamaa3) September 28, 2021
However, it wasn't just Martial's name being added to the list that had people talking, with Emery's use of 'individually' also under scrutiny.
A big criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that he's not been able to get the best out of his team as a unit, and instead relies on individuals and moments to win games.
The former Arsenal boss bringing up the fact the players are good 'individually' has been seen as a dig at the man who will be stood in the opposing technical area at Old Trafford.
The two met back in May in the Europa League final, where Emery got the better of Solskjaer as the Spanish side stopped the Norwegian winning his first piece of silverware as United boss.
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