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Paul Scholes believes Anthony Martial's poor performance against Brighton owed to a lack of supply from Paul Pogba and the rest of the Manchester United midfield.

The French winger - heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the summer - was withdrawn after an hour at the Amex having struggled to make an impression in the 3-2 defeat.

Martial was drafted in after Alexis Sanchez picked up an injury in training, and Scholes believes Pogba needed to do more to get his compatriot involved in the game.

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'When you're 3-1 down, your first thought then is, "we've got to score goals, we have to score goals". Where's the urgency?' Scholes said on Optus Sport.

'You get a ball in midfield, they're playing the ball backwards, Paul Pogba is playing the ball out of play, he's over-hitting passes, hitting passes short, he's getting caught in possession.

'You over complicate games. You have to get the ball to the players who can beat a man, who can win games for you.

'Lukaku can do it. Martial can do it. Martial, in that first half - what was he on for? 55 minutes? An hour? He got one ball down the left-hand side in the first half.

'And he absolutely flew past the right-back. I can't remember another time when you get the ball to him.

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'As a midfield player for Man United, your job is to get the ball to your best players who can hurt [the opposition].

'But the Man United midfield players could never do it. They couldn't get a ball in to Lukaku, they couldn't get a ball in to Martial and they couldn't get a ball in to Rashford when he came on.

'There's lack of leaders in the team, that's why we thought Paul Pogba might be the ideal candidate to be that leader but he wasn't there tonight. He had another really poor game. He's so inconsistent.'

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