Massive Update On Anthony Martial’s Future

Anthony Martial in action.

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Manchester United‘s record teenage signing, Anthony Martial, has long been linked with an exit from the club. With the British transfer window drawing to a close this week, however, this eventuality looks unlikely now.

The Frenchman moved to United from AS Monaco in the summer of 2015. After impressing during his first season under Louis van Gaal, he stagnated at the same level for 2016-17 under Mourinho.

The Special One was not impressed by his attitude the following season, benching him in favour of the likes of Rashford and Lingard in the first half of the season. Further, his standing as a first-team player was brought to greater jeopardy with the Mkhitaryan-Sanchez swap deal.

The Chilean, who has been a consistent Premier League performer for Arsenal in his 3-and-a-half seasons in North London, walked straight into Jose’s starting XI during the second half of the season.

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Martial was largely used as a substitute in cup games, with the likes of Rashford and Lingard remaining ahead of him in the pecking order. The Frenchman had excelled as a striker at Monaco, but that role has not seemed like his best fit in England.

Lukaku is the clear-cut choice as United’s no. 9 for the foreseeable future. With such a logjam in the striking as well as the wing roles, it was expected that Martial would seek a move elsewhere.

The likes of Juve were rumoured to be interested, but the Italian giants went and brought in the best wide forward in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, and therefore, no longer needed Martial’s services.

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Consequently, no other clubs have ventured to take him either, on a permanent transfer or a loan basis. Martial has, however, stated his willingness to stay and fight for starting places at Old Trafford.

This 2018-19 season is a crucial one for his career. If he manages to make an impression at the club in the first half of the season, that could liberate him from the clutches of United, and allow him to start at a big club in some other league.

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