Anthony Martial is a sorry sight on Manchester United’s bench. Brought with the intent to affect and an almost pompous certainty of excelling, under Jose Mourinho, his appearances have been appalling, to say the least. His ticking contract has ensured that months of speculations have come and gone with no respite in sight.
Now, here are a few reasons why the Red Devils may be best off selling the 22-year-old:
Unhappy Presence On The Bench
United may now be eager to put this saga to the bed once and for all. If the past has been providing any lessons, keeping unhappy players on the roster is just a recipe for toxicity to build at the club.
This is detrimental to both the player who isn’t receiving apt playing time and is unable to give his best as well as to the team itself that is kept from shining.
All in all, the club must recognize that his potential is best utilized elsewhere, and that no matter how badly the higher-ups may want him, keeping him unhappy isn’t the answer.
Funds for A Bigger Transfer
One thing that has been pretty clear from the start itself is that United wouldn’t settle for a petty sum once they decide to sell the French starlet. They value his untapped potential, and so do the teams that are currently seeking him out.
A price tag in the range of £60-70 million has always been doing the rounds for Martial, with a recent report by the Daily Mail claiming that United may squeeze an amount as high as £80 million from Tottenham, who are eager for his signature.
These funds could certainly be used to assure the side’s pursuit for one of their much-wanted reinforcements in key areas before the window closes.
Solves Selection Dilemma
Once fans get over the fact that a favorite of theirs has been sold, it will become quite obvious that his departure was the required solution to their strong selection dilemma.
This inability of Mourinho to choose between Rashford and Martial had been on great show during the first half of last season, wherein the duo showed much promise in a substitute exchange role. The arrival of Alexis Sanchez put that arrangement into jeopardy.
With Martial gone, Rashford will now have a great chance to prove himself without having to worry, both on the wing and from the center. Moreover, promising youngsters like 18-year-old Tahith Chong could also see some playing time as a result of his exodus.
Mourinho Isn’t A Fan
It appears to be a foregone conclusion by now that Mourinho simply isn’t going to give Martial a chance. The Portuguese gaffer has been notorious for his insistent rejection of players, evident in big mistakes like the ones he made with De Bruyne and Mo Salah.
There seems no way in which he’ll reshuffle his tactics and provide Martial the central role he deserves, as multiple sources have penned his worry to lie in the fact that Martial isn’t a world-class forward. Misery extinguished?
If United are going to lose out on Martial, Ed Woodward may seek to create something favorable out of even this. Tottenham have been earnest pursuers of the former Monaco star for quite a while now. At the same time, the London club has been giving much trouble to the Mancunian side over their pursuit of Toby Alderweireld.
As of such, an amicable solution can be reached through a swap deal involving the two players. This is the kind of deal that even Daniel Levy, despite his staunch stance, could be quite open to.
Besides, a mimicry of the Mkhitaryan-Sanchez swap from earlier this year, where an unhappy player was swapped for a much-needed target, could very much occur.