Jose Mourinho has reportedly approved Anthony Martial’s transfer to Juventus.
A host of European powerhouses have expressed their interest in the services of Martial, who has been left frustrated due to the lack of game time he has been receiving at Manchester United since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.
While the top officials at the Old Trafford outfit, including club chief Ed Woodward, want to see the Frenchman stay put and develop at the Theatre of Dreams, manager Jose Mourinho believes the youngster’s time in Manchester has neared its conclusion.
While this news would come as a huge blow to the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona, it could end up being a bad move for the Red Devils as well – similar to the one which saw Paul Pogba switch to the Old Lady and grow into a world-class footballer.
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Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has actually hit out Sanchez’s winter move to the Red side of Manchester, claiming that the Chilean’s arrival led to the downfall of not only Martial, but also Marcus Rashford.
“He [Mourinho] brought Alexis Sanchez into the club and look at what’s happened to them since Alexis Sanchez came in,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“If you look at the actual stats and you think about before Sanchez arrived at the club, they were playing quite a bit of football, they were scoring goals and contributing, they had assists.
“But since Alexis Sanchez has come to the club, obviously he’s played a lot of the games, and that’s what’s happened. There’s been a big impact negatively, so they’ve [Rashford and Martial] got to get back to the standards they were setting earlier in the season and what they’re capable of.”