Football fans joked that Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo sent Anthony Martial “back to Manchester United” with a brutal barge on the Sevilla star at the Nou Camp.
Barca won top four clash 1-0 courtesy of a 72nd minute goal from Pedri. But social media users were more concerned with Araujo’s savage shoulder charge on Martial.
In the second half, with the game still locked at 0-0 – the United loanee was played through and found himself one-on-one with the Uruguayan defender. Araujo stood up to Martial brilliantly, wrestling the ball off him before sending him flying to the ground with a brutal barge.
Martial picked himself up with his tail between his legs as Barcelona tried to launch a swift counter-attack. But fans on social media were quick to poke fun at the Frenchman who got bullied off the ball.
In one the most savage response, one person tweeted: “Araujo sending Martial back to Manchester United.” Another user said: “Look Martial is crying. On the floor.”
Someone else simply put: “Poor martial man.” While a fourth commenter chimed in with: “Araujo is so good that when attackers are running towards our goal and they see him, they just give up. I pity Martial yesterday.”
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Martial joined Sevilla on loan from United in January but has been unable to make his presence felt thus far, contributing just one goal and one assist in nine appearances across league and cup.
The 26-year-old departed Old Trafford despite Ralf Rangnick promising him game time after watching him in training. He told the Mail last month: “I asked United to leave because I wanted to play.
“I still have a contract but they know what I want, so we will see at the end of the season. “When he [Rangnick] arrived, my objective was to leave. I told him I wanted to leave and that’s it. He talked to me and said, ‘If you want to stay, with the way you train you will play if you keep training like that.’ But I wanted to have a new atmosphere and a new club.”
Martial is only on loan at Sevilla until the end of the season, at which point he will return to Old Trafford. The forward has two years left to run on his current contract, but it looks increasingly uncertain that he will remain at United next term.
“For me, it [joining Sevilla] was the best option to play and enjoy football again,” he added. “I lost it a little bit in Manchester because I was not playing. I feel very good in Seville.
“The city is very good and we are a good team so, for me, it’s perfect. I’m playing so I’m happy. But I’m here just until the end of the season and that’s it,” he concluded.