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Paul Ince Slated ‘Diabolical’ Jesse Lingard And Called Anthony Martial A ‘Fizzy Drink’

Paul Ince Slated ‘Diabolical’ Jesse Lingard And Called Anthony Martial A ‘Fizzy Drink’

Paul Ince has launched a relentless attack on the poor forms of Manchester United duo Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Both Lingard, 26, and Martial, 23, are on the Red Devils' pre-season tour and started in United's 1-0 win over Inter Milan last Saturday.


But both United stars experienced a difficult season as the Red Devils slumped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

And ex-United star Ince, 51, was ruthless in his criticism towards Lingard, Martial, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez.

"You've got Marcus Rashford who scored 11 goals last year and gets a new contract," the former Blackpool boss told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Jesse Lingard was diabolical last year, he really, really was.


"Then there's Alexis Sanchez. They got nothing out of Sanchez whatsoever.

"So as much as we're talking about the defence and Chris Smalling and Harry Maguire, surely we've got to be looking at who's going to be playing up top.

"We need to be looking at that because attacking-wise they're not great.

"Martial? He's a fizzy drink. He pops now and then. One moment he's great, one moment he's not."

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 46, has already hinted that fans will see another side to Martial next season, saying that he has all of the potential to become a "world-class forward."

He continued: "I think if you followed Anthony the way he has come back to pre-season, his attitude is spot on.

"There's been a few instances that you can see a new Anthony in the way he works for the team. He's always had the talent, the quality but his work rate is improving.

"I think he has always got the quality and talent, so I expect him, and Marcus, to be even better than last season.

"Anthony had a top season when he came, I expect we will see a better Anthony next season."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Lingard has also been heavily criticised this summer for his antics on social media.

The England international posted a bizarre tour around his apartment in Miami and former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway said United should "transfer list" him in response.

Rashford, 21, launched to the defence of Lingard and said that fans "have to understand that he was enjoying his holiday."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But Solskjaer has admitted that he expects to see much more from Lingard next season.

"Jesse knows what it is to be a Manchester United player," he said.

"At times maybe he's made one or two bad decisions but he's made more good decisions than bad.

"He's a top boy."

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Topics: Football News, Anthony Martial, Football, Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez, red devils, Paul Ince, Premier League, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Old Trafford

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]


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