Anthony Martial’s camp are reportedly fuming over Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s treatment of the French star and his lack of regular game-time.
Martial was dropped from Manchester United’s squad to face Stoke on Saturday afternoon despite starting in last week’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool. Mourinho instead opted for a front three of Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It now seems like a distant past that the France international actually took the Premier League by storm last season, hammering 17 goals across all competitions. But he has struggled to make any impression on Mourinho this season.
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The Portuguese boss, as expected, refused to offer any explanation for the striker’s absence after the Stoke game.
“Of course [I doubted whether we’d score] because you see us hitting post and keeper making great saves. Martial was not selected (not necessarily fitness or illness),” he said.
And French website SFR Sport now claim Martial’s entourage are not at all happy with Mourinho’s treatment of the forward.
Saturday’s snub clearly suggests the striker could well be on the brink of Old Trafford exit if he cannot secure a place in Mourinho’s starting eleven. The irony is Martial’s replacement for the game – Juan Mata – scored an own-goal to give Stoke the lead.
Martial has already expressed his frustration at not being given enough chance, by stating: “This is a test I have to get through. That’s the way things go when you are still developing as a player and it forms your mentality.
“It is difficult because the only thing you want is to get out there and help the team and you cannot do that when you are on the bench. But that is a choice I have to accept.”
Spanish sports daily AS claimed back in December that Martial could leave United after a poor second season, with Europa League champions Sevilla keen to sign him in January.