Reason Why Anthony Martial Has Left Pre-Season Tour

Manchester United's Anthony Martial warms up before the match.

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Anthony Martial has left the pre-season tour and returned home to welcome a new member to his family.

Manchester United are currently touring the United States as they prepare for the upcoming season. The Red Devils have had a slow start to their pre-season campaign, as they drew both games against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes.

Jose Mourinho and co. will be competing in the International Champions Cup next, where they will come up against AC Milan, Liverpool, and Real Madrid in the space of 5 days.

However, the Mancunians will be without their French forward Anthony Martial for their tournament opener on Wednesday.

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Martial, who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, has been granted permission to return home, as he awaits the birth of his second child. The Frenchman already has a 2-year-old daughter, Peyton, from his previous relationship with Samantha Jacquelinet.

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The 22-year old was one of the stars in Louis van Gaal’s final season at the English club. Although things did turn sour in his personal and professional life at one point, as Martial was accused of cheating on his ex-wife, after which his form took a steep decline.

His return home isn’t great news for Manchester United fans, as the relationship between Mourinho and Martial is at its lowest point.

The United boss is unhappy with the performances put in by the former Monaco youngster. The France international is also frustrated with Mourinho’s constant criticism and the lack of opportunities presented to him.

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According to reports, Martial has decided to make a move away from Old Trafford, and Mourinho will not come in his way if he forces a move this summer. But the United gaffer will ensure that the talented forward isn’t sold to a Premier League rival.

The Portuguese tactician does hope to keep Martial, however, as United are set to start the new season without a striker.

Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are yet to join the squad after their long campaigns in Russia. The duo is expected to miss the Premier League opener against Leicester City on the 10th of August.