Manchester United have been the subject of much debate since the start of the new season, and one such discussion was regarding their squad, which could have very well looked a lot different had it been for a successful transfer window.
However, lack of big-name signings in the window meant that manager Jose Mourinho had to ensure that none of his established stars actually left Old Trafford, making for an ugly situation, considering some players were visibly unhappy at the club.
One such player was Anthony Martial. The Frenchman was disillusioned with life in Manchester, largely because of the lack of game time under Mourinho.
He made it publicly clear that he wished to leave in the summer transfer window, but United refused to sell the winger, and he remains frustrated on the bench after four Premier League matches this season.
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Now, the real reason Manchester United decided to keep Martial has been revealed by The Sun. They claim that it was crucial for the Mancunians to keep their man, because if they didn’t, they would have owed half of their profits to Martial’s former side Monaco.
The added loss would have been selling a top player like him to a European club, which made no sense to the chiefs in the red half of Manchester.
But while Martial has been barred from leaving, it doesn’t look like it’s positively impacting his playing time either.
The 22-year-old has remained on the bench for much of this season already, and rumours suggest that the English giants might even be considering sending him out on loan come January, when the transfer window reopens.
This would be a huge blow to fans of the French star, who have supported him through thick and thin, and believe that he deserves a chance to prove his mettle at Manchester United.