By Adebayo Williams
Manchester United have been reported to think Anthony Martial’s poor form is down to his slit from partner Samantha Jacquelinet earlier this year. The pair, who have a baby daughter, Peyton, together split after reports and pictures emerged of the 20-year-old having an affair outside their relationship. Samantha and Peyton are said to have moved back to Paris leaving Martial in Manchester. The situation is reported to have been named as the cause for the player’s poor returns of one goal in nine games for the Red Devils this season.
Martial, who has 18 goals in 57 appearances, started the first four games of the season but appeared short on confidence and was dropped for the Manchester derby. He also suffered another set back as his number 9 jersey was given to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. United are understood to feel Martial has been unsettled by the split and subsequent distractions in his private life.
Martial is currently with France preparing for the team’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Holland.