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Manchester United unhappy with Anthony Martial ahead of Erling Haaland transfer chase

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Manchester United aren’t impressed by Anthony Martial’s waning performances this term, reports say. The France international has scored just for Premier League goals this term and, when it comes to the No 9 role, is behind Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order. And details have emerged at a time where the club are ready to pursue Erling Haaland at the end of the campaign.

Manchester United saw Martial shine last season.

The France international scored 23 goals across all competitions as the club finished third in the Premier League table, behind only fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

However, Martial has failed to kick on.

The forward has found the net just four times in the top flight this term, scoring three goals in other club competitions.

United are ready to go for Haaland at the end of the campaign, with the Borussia Dortmund star currently Solskjaer’s top target.

And The Athletic say the club aren’t happy with Martial.

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It’s claimed some within Old Trafford actually predicted the struggles of the 25-year-old, believing a drop-off in form was always inevitable.

And that’s been backed up by his statistics, with his goal tally of seven down significantly on the 23 he managed across all competitions last term.

While that’s the case, however, United aren’t ready to cut him loose just yet.

Solskjaer himself reportedly feels keeping Martial would be the best call, even if he may now be destined to spend more time on the bench.

And whether United are successful in signing Haaland as an upgrade remains to be seen, with Solskjaer pressing for the club to sign his compatriot at the end of the season.

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Any deal won’t be straightforward for the club to strike, however.

Real Madrid’s priority is Kylian Mbappe but, should the 2018 World Cup winner stay at PSG, they’ll move for Haaland instead.

Manchester City view the Norwegian as the perfect replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium behind for a new challenge elsewhere.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has requested Haaland’s signing having seen the likes of Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner struggle for consistency this term.

And Barcelona president Joan Laporta is eager to bring the player to Catalonia.

Meanwhile, former United midfielder Paul Ince recently urged his old side to contemplate a shock deal for Sergio Aguero as a cheaper alternative to Haaland.

“It’s not as if Harry Kane and Erling Haaland are the only two answers for Man United though,” Ince said.

“Sergio Aguero might be leaving Man City, why shouldn’t United make a move for him?

“You could see it now; if he wanted to stay in the Premier League and he’s living in Manchester, then I don’t think it would be a bad thing at all if they went and got Aguero. It can happen, who knows? You’ve got to ask the question if you’re United because you never know.

“It happened with us back in 1992 when Howard Wilkinson was asking Sir Alex Ferguson about Denis Irwin. Fergie said there’d be no chance of that happening and suggested Leeds sold Cantona to them and within a couple of days that deal was done.

Meanwhile, former United midfielder Paul Ince recently urged his old side to contemplate a shock deal for Sergio Aguero as a cheaper alternative to Haaland.

“It’s not as if Harry Kane and Erling Haaland are the only two answers for Man United though,” Ince said.

“Sergio Aguero might be leaving Man City, why shouldn’t United make a move for him?

“You could see it now; if he wanted to stay in the Premier League and he’s living in Manchester, then I don’t think it would be a bad thing at all if they went and got Aguero. It can happen, who knows? You’ve got to ask the question if you’re United because you never know.

“It happened with us back in 1992 when Howard Wilkinson was asking Sir Alex Ferguson about Denis Irwin. Fergie said there’d be no chance of that happening and suggested Leeds sold Cantona to them and within a couple of days that deal was done.

“It was just Fergie throwing a name out there and taking a chance, trying his luck. Maybe that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should do with Aguero this summer.”

Ally McCoist, though, thinks United should swoop for Haaland or Harry Kane instead of Aguero.

“It would cause an uproar, I don’t see it,” McCoist said on talkSPORT.

“They’ve already gone for the short-term fix of Cavani. I don’t think you’d go for another 32-year-old for a season.

“I think the time has come for Manchester United to go and get Harry Kane or break the bank for Haaland.”

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