Manchester United superstar Anthony Martial is growing frustrated with the lack of first-team action under Jose Mourinho, despite a successful start to the campaign.
Though the Frenchman fell well below the pecking order under Mourinho’s first season in charge, he has adapted to the gaffer’s tactics and managed to grow into the United first-team this term. Martial has registered 6 goals and 4 assists in all major competitions, even coming off the bench and scoring the winner against Tottenham.
However, the talented winger has remained stuck to the bench despite his incredible form, as the United boss constantly has rotated him with Marcus Rashford. Though the former Monaco man isn’t exactly unhappy, he has admitted his frustration over his backup role at Old Trafford during a recent interview with SFR Sport.
“It’s easier to start the game,” said the French international. “When you come off the bench, the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away. I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game.
“I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it’s up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I’ll play a bit more.
“We all prefer to play, even if at United when I come off the bench, I make a difference. I prefer to start games and show what I’m capable of. When you score and you’re a forward, you’re happy. It’s going well. Even though I’m a substitute, I play often.
“I’ve played three, two games in the Champions League, I play one game in two. It’s going well. I’d like to play more – that’s going to come through my performances.”
On the other hand, despite his usage of the 21-year-old, the Portuguese manager would certainly make sure the youngster stays put in Manchester. It is obvious that Jose doesn’t doubt Martial’s quality, but he is risking the player’s departure with the current system, especially with Arsenal and Barcelona reportedly interested in the pacey forward.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.