The days are ticking for Anthony Martial. It is almost a given now that the Frenchman, who was priced to have immense potential, will not continue at Old Trafford come summer should the current starting order hierarchy persist.
Post the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, the 22-year-old has found it next to impossible to garner a starting spot, and his appearance against Bournemouth on Wednesday was simply due to resting players ahead of a crucial FA Cup encounter against Spurs.
Mourinho too, has lost patience with the youngster, whom LVG claimed he was purchasing exclusively for United’s next manager. In fact, the Portuguese gaffer might just have identified his potential replacement, and it is a bit underwhelming to say the least.
As per The Sun, Watford’s talented Richarlison will be the player to replace the Frenchman at Old Trafford.
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The 20-year-old Brazilian is a stellar talent ,and Mourinho’s interest in him lies in the primary fact that he can function anywhere along a frontline.
This could be tactically valuable for the Red Devils, whose chief dilemma is trying to fit players in their preferred spots, which is precisely the problem with Martial right now.
The source adds that United have made around 10 attempts to secure the youngster, and currently lead the race in spite of names likes Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich in heavy pursuit.
With the likelihood of Martial’s exit, United will be more than eager to win the race, and are said to be readying a £40 million bid. However one must consider just how effective will yet another youngster be in their diverse and often pay grade-separated dressing room.
In addition, one must consider that akin to Martial’s signing by Van Gaal, Mourinho will be placing faith on this relatively unproven attacker solely by virtue of his potential.
Richarlison has failed to find the back of the net since November, and that could be a worrying statistic for United. Is letting go of Martial still a wise choice?