Alan Shearer criticises Manchester United striker over his goal-scoring profligacy this season

Premier League’s all-time record goalscorer Alan Shearer has criticised Manchester United striker Anthony Martial for his goal-scoring profligacy this season.

The Frenchman has struggled with form this season and has scored just seven goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.

His goal tally this season is stark reflection of his form last season in which he scored 23 goals in 48 appearances.

The Frenchman has just four strikes in 1,389 minutes of league football this campaign, and pundit Alan Shearer has not been impressed with the Frenchman.

He said on Match of the Day 2: “I can understand why (United fans are frustrated), only four league goals this season – not enough movement, he’s certainly not desperate enough to score goals.

“When you look at his position, he spends far too much time in these positions here (edge of the box) when they need someone in the area.

“Not once does he look to get anywhere near the box where he is going to score goals. He’s spending too much time out there (on the wing), there’s no focal point to hold the ball up.

“I don’t think it means enough to him to go and put that ball into the back of the net and he’s only ever scored more than 20 goals in a season just once and that’s in all competitions.

“When you consider Man United are top scorers in the Premier League this season with 53 and he’s got four – I don’t think that’s anywhere near enough.”