'France are missing out': Ashley Young questions Didier Deschamps' decision to leave Manchester United forward Anthony Martial out of squad

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  • Anthony Martial has scored five goals in nine games for Manchester United 
  • But he has not been called up by France since 2017 and is not in current squad 
  • Ashley Young is surprised that he has not been included in their plans 

Ashley Young believes France have missed a trick by not calling up Anthony Martial

Ashley Young believes France have missed a trick by not calling up Anthony Martial

Young said he could not understand why Martial was not in the France squad this break

Young said he could not understand why Martial was not in the France squad this break

Manchester United captain Ashley Young thinks World Cup winners France have blundered by ignoring Anthony Martial whose form has made some of United’s attacking football ‘unbelievable to watch’ this season.

Martial is in great shape at United with five goals in nine games but hasn’t represented his country since 2017 and was left out again of Didier Deschamps’ squad for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania.

Young said: ‘The way Anthony plays with Marcus (Rashford) is unplayable at times. Anthony was a big miss when he was injured.

‘You can see he is a natural goalscorer. For me I think France are missing out – I can’t understand why he’s not in their squad. That is up to them but he can only get better.’

Young, 34, is revelling in his role as United’s enforcer and guide to the younger players. While the team struggled for goals at the start of the season, he says the 3-0 win against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday was great to watch from left-back.

‘Some of the combinations from the boys up front was unbelievable for us watching at the back,’ he said. ‘At times this season, we’ve blown teams away with our attacking. When you watch us going forward you think it is only going to be a matter of time (to score).

‘As a captain, players will come to you and want to talk. It is a different era to when I was coming through but I am the same way and will never change, whether others think I am too hard or not too hard. Everyone wants the best for each other. The youngsters have been at Man United and have the DNA. They know what it takes.’

Young is suspended for Sunday’s game against Brighton which could give a chance to 19-year-old left-back Brandon Williams.

‘Every time he’s pulled on a first-team shirt, he has been brilliant,’ said Young. ‘He wants to learn and listen. I am sure if he is called upon he will put in another very good performance.’



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