Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has urged the Red Devils to ditch trying to convert Anthony Martial into a centre-forward and delve in the market for someone who has the intent to score goals. The former midfielder believes that the Frenchman is not a natural goalscorer and his emotions on the pitch suggest that he is unperturbed when he fails to get on the scoresheet, a trait unbecoming of a player in the top echelons of the game.
Louis van Gaal has been using him as a centre-forward in recent games with Wayne Rooney being deployed in a deeper role to orchestrate the attack. The England international has been in woeful goalscoring form of late and Van Gaal is therefore rotating his options to get the best out of what is at his disposal.
Memphis Depay was given the go-ahead against Watford last weekend with Rooney and Martial unavailable and the Dutchman lived up to expectations by scoring the opener. However, he failed to recreate the same influence against his former club, cutting a sorry figure for a major part of the fixture.
Scholes, who has won 11 league titles with the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson, has previously criticised Van Gaal for his defensive approach and insists that with their current setup they can only go as far. United need to win their next game against Wolfsburg away from home to confirm their participation in the round of 16.
"Attacking wise, they just don't look a threat, they don't look good enough, they don't look like they can score goals," the former United midfielder told BT Sport, as quoted by Goal.
"Martial, for me, he's still got a lot to prove goalscoring wise, he isn't a centre-forward where he lives for goals, he likes to play outside of the box, he likes to drift to the left wing, he doesn't look like he's bothered if he misses a chance, he doesn't look bothered if he scores a goal, where as a centre-forward, all you live for is scoring goals.
"He doesn't look that type of player to me, and maybe Manchester United need to go into the transfer market for one of them," he added.