Ahead of the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final later today, the Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing their recent improvement under Jose Mourinho. Though there’s still some way to go to restore former glories at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are pretty happy with how the season is going so far.
It seems everyone involved with United right now have taken on a different persona to the ones that saw Louis van Gaal sacked in May after a relatively dull few years. Well, almost everyone anyway.
As reported by the Guardian, the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has handed United forward Anthony Martial a warning amid reports the Frenchman was unhappy at being dropped in the recent draw with Stoke City. Despite instantly taking to life in the Premier League upon his arrival from Monaco, the 21-year-old hasn’t been able to wholly convince under the Portuguese.
With so many other options available in wide areas at the Theatre of Dreams, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach has hinted the Les Blues ace faces a fight to get back into the first-team.
“I just think he didn’t catch with both hands a big opportunity he had. When we spoke about Memphis Depay [leaving United] we spoke about it being the only position where we have an over-booking of players”, said Mourinho.
“We have still five players for this position. I cannot give one player chances to play and kill the others. To kill the others, I think I already did that with Memphis by considering him the last option and by not giving him any option. But with the other guys I think you would be asking me why Mata is not playing or why Marcus Rashford doesn’t have a chance, or why Jesse Lingard, a national team player, is not playing.
“We have Rashford, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan and Martial, and I cannot give the same player chance after chance after chance and not consider the effort of the others.”
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