Manchester United’s 3-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday has put the futures of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek in doubt, claims the Daily Express.
Despite Heung-min Son’s strike putting Jose Mourinho’s side in front at half-time, United performed another miraculous comeback after the break to beat their former manager.
Fred, Edinson Cavani and second-half substitute Mason Greenwood scored the goals in the Red Devils’ ninth Premier League triumph away from home this season.
It was also the eighth road league win this term that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men come from behind to claim all three points.
And while everyone at Old Trafford is celebrating Mourinho’s failure and Greenwood’s scoring record, Martial and Van de Beek may have to be worried about their futures.
The Dutch midfielder was on the bench waiting for an opportunity to help his side fight their way back into the match, which unfortunately never came.
While Solskjaer’s side overturned Spurs’ advantage, the Norwegian opted for veteran Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic to close out proceedings in London.
Resurgent Frend has nailed down a starting berth under the Norwegian boss, while Scott McTominay is steadily building a reputation for being Roy Keane’s heir apparent at United.
Given the increasing competition for places in midfield, Van de Beek could be poised to leave Manchester after just one season.
The 23-year-old is bottom of the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams, and considering the recent performances of his teammates, he seems unlikely to gain Solskjaer’s trust by the end of the season.
After making only two Premier League starts this term, the former Ajax man is bracing himself for a premature exit.
The same thing goes for Martial, who has endured a topsy-turvy season.
Although an injury picked up during the international break sidelined the French forward for United’s trip to Tottenham, it is fair to say that Cavani has done more to earn Solskjaer’s trust.
Putting aside his diving header on Sunday, the Uruguay international has been a useful asset since arriving as a free agent last summer.
Yesterday’s goal comes as further confirmation of Cavani’s impact that throws Martial’s future in doubt.
In fact, the 48-year-old was so excited with the Uruguay international’s display that he labelled him as a player United had not had for many years.
Cavani’s brilliant showing against Mourinho’s team will force United to intensify their efforts to tie him down to a new deal.
If the Red Devils extend the 34-year-old’s contract and bring in a new striker in the upcoming transfer window, Martial could become a bit-part figure next season.