Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly laid down four Manchester United players who he sees as ‘untouchable’, meaning they won’t be sold at all costs in the near future.
This is especially important, as it was just this summer that the Frenchman made his feelings public about looking for a move elsewhere for more playing time.
Apart from Martial, Ed Woodward has also penciled in three other players to be kept within the confines of Old Trafford by hook or by crook.
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These names are Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, and Luke Shaw. The English trio are held in high regard by the United chief, and the message to manager Jose Mourinho is clear – get the most out of these players as soon as possible.
Martial and Shaw were among the players that Mourinho tore into at certain times last season for their lack of ambition and drive to play their best football.
While Martial decided to respond by going AWOL during pre-season training, Luke Shaw has emerged more resilient at the start of this season and is playing with an increased intensity.
As for Lingard and Rashford, the two are inseparable off the pitch, and their careers are definitely on the right track, as evident from their impressive performances for England during the World Cup campaign.
Moreover, fans also consider this duo vital, as they, being local lads, keep the true feel of ‘Manchester’ alive within the club.
The statement from Woodward is also indicative of the fact that he clearly runs the show around the Red Devils’ camp, and Mourinho better pay attention and listen, or he might have to face some truly dire consequences as a result.