Anthony Martial’s Man Utd future is in the balance after the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo – with Joel Glazer no longer able to intervene to protect one of his favourite players
Manchester United acted quickly and decisively when the chance arose to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
As soon as the possibility of a move to rivals Manchester City emerged, the Red Devils made their move and got their man.
It was a deal only made possible by the vast commercial power of United, and one which was sanctioned by the Glazer family after they had already spent big on Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho this summer.
Clearly, bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford was an opportunity which was too good to turn down.
But the knock-on effect is that it moves Anthony Martial a step closer to a Manchester United exit as he moves a step further down the pecking order.
Martial was linked with a late Deadline Day move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Lyon, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to keep him with the squad.
But his days at Old Trafford look numbered with the arrival of Ronaldo – despite his previous status as Joel Glazer’s golden boy.
The Mirror reported back in 2019 that Martial’s future was secure because he was viewed as the club’s “Pele” by co-chairman Glazer.
Glazer thwarted United’s bid to sign Ivan Perisic under Jose Mourinho due to his complete belief in Martial and re-iterated that belief to Solskjaer in 2019 as his future was again called into question.
When Ronaldo was available, however, he understandably sanctioned a move which may force him to accept Martial has not delivered on their investment.
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He was signed by Monaco for big-money in 2015 and handed a new £200,000-a-week contract by the Glazers until January 2023.
Yet he has failed to develop into a reliable goalscorer either as a central striker or wide man with summer business leaving his chances of being a first-team regular looking slim.
Whilst a late move in the summer window did not come off, the arrival of Ronaldo could eventually lead to Martial heading for an exit with Glazer in no position to intervene and protect a player he clearly rated highly this time around.