“He lacks hunger to score goals” – Alan Shearer slams Man Utd player after frustrating performance against Leicester City

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Alan Shearer labelled Anthony Martial’s performance in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Leicester City as frustrating.

Shearer felt Martial didn’t offer enough as a no.9 against Leicester City.

“He was very isolated but then sometimes you need help off your team-mates but you can also help yourself by putting yourself in better positions,” Shearer told BBC Sport.

“It was a really frustrating performance for him because when his team-mates are looking for options from him, for him to either come short to be the link-up play, a lot of the time I’m thinking, ‘Come on, help’.

“Paul Pogba is looking for some help, he needs a run off the forward, there’s no one there. In his defence, he never really had any midfielder who was prepared to run past him or prepared to give him that little bit of support he so badly needed.

“He kept on pulling onto the full back for the long diagonal, which is fine that can be good but not every time. It didn’t really work for him tonight and I was really frustrated for him on the sidelines.

“I don’t think he’s a nine. He doesn’t look comfortable in the nine position. He doesn’t look as if he’s got that hunger to score as many goals as he could and should. It was a frustrating performance.”