Martial appeared ready to start United’s Premier League opener against Brighton on Sunday before retiring in training with a muscle injury.
The Frenchman spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla and this temporary move seemed to pave the way for Martial’s permanent departure from Old Trafford.
But Martial impressed Ten Hag in pre-season and the Dutch boss was reportedly planning to put him up front ahead of United’s injury setback against Brighton.
Souness is surprised by Ten Hag’s verdict on Martial as the former Liverpool defender doesn’t believe the 26-year-old has the right attitude to thrive at a club like Manchester United.
The Sky Sports pundit even compared Martial to ex-United midfielder Paul Pogba, saying they are both “shady” and “choosy” when they perform.
“Erik ten Hag had a good career at Ajax, but management at Ajax and management at United are worlds apart,” Souness told talkSPORT.
“Ajax have always been and always will be a top team in Holland. If they don’t win the league, they’ll be second.
“Coming to Man United at a very difficult point in their history is a difficult task. He needs time, but time is not your friend as a manager.
“You want to make an impact immediately, but how do you do that? Unless you have a specific group of players coming through, then you need to buy players.
“But they didn’t really recruit game changers. So now the manager is relying on players who are already there and you’re looking at someone like Anthony Martial.
“How many opportunities will this young man have to become a Manchester United player? He’s already proved to me that he’s not for Man United.
“He can’t handle the pressure of playing at Man United. It’s like Paul Pogba. In both I see real players, I see quality that few players possess.
“But it’s on their terms and they choose when to use it. When you play for a big club you can’t be like that.
“When you are at a big club you play in a cup final every week. These players are not ready for this, they are not ready for the fight.
“It’s not good to be a great player in training or to be a great player once every six or seven games. You’re in a big club because you want to win things and challenge all the time.
“You won’t do that with these players. Basically they are shady, they are not people to rely on, end.
“I don’t think you can rely on Martial anymore, not that you ever could. He’s been hit or missed far too.’
Ten Hag endured a dismal first competitive game as Manchester United manager watched his side lose 2-1 to Brighton on Sunday.
A depressed Ten Hag said: “First of all, I’m disappointed, that’s for sure. We must learn the lessons from this.
“We could have been better on the ball and made too many slight mistakes. Even outside of the organization’s ownership, [they were] Goals they shouldn’t have scored.
‘Brighton are a good team but I look at my team and we should have done things better and I thought it was unnecessary to give two easy goals when we’re better on the ball and making better decisions, not just with technical skills but also with our decisions and then we could have dominated the game.
When asked about the scope of the job he faces at Old Trafford, Ten Hag added: “I’m aware of that from before and this game doesn’t change that. It’s a bloody tough job and we have to work really hard, analyze, learn the lessons and move forward.’
Manchester United return on Saturday when they travel to west London to take on Brentford, who drew 2-2 with Leicester City in the Premier League opener.
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