The Frenchman is clearly not a favourite of Jose’s at the moment, as the Portuguese still believes the young striker will have to do more if he intends to earn a place in the starting line-up.
Before United’s FA Cup clash against Wigan, Mourinho was quoted as saying: “He (Martial) will play Sunday, and if Sunday he plays magnificent, he will play against Hull City the next match. It’s simple.”
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And Martial did put in a decent display against Wigan on Sunday, as he assisted two of the four goals scored by the men in Red in their emphatic 4-0 victory. The France international also managed to put the ball into the back of the net himself, but that goal was ruled out due to a foul committed by Schweinsteiger just seconds prior to the strike.
However, creating two goals was still not good enough for Mourinho, and the former Chelsea boss claimed that the 21-year-old remained behind the likes of Mkhitaryan – as well as other players playing in the similar position – in the pecking order.
“He has done enough to be on the bench,” Mourinho stated ahead of United’s Premier League clash against Hull.
“He has to perform better than the others who are competing for the same positions. His position is one where we have lots of options. Do you want me to leave Mkhitaryan out after being man of the match (against Wigan) and playing so well as he did? I can’t.”
Martial was therefore left out of United’s home game against Hull, which they ended up drawing 0-0, much to the frustration of the Old Trafford faithful.
And this decision by Mourinho has left not only the fans, but Martial himself extremely frustrated, and the youngster is believed to be confused as to what more he ought to do to start a game for Manchester United.