Anthony Martial was publically criticised by Mourinho last season, and after being fined for returning to pre-season late, where does he go from here?
His relationship with manager Jose Mourinho appears to be fragile, and he’s playing in a system that hasn’t given him the attacking freedom he requires to reach the top of his game. At 23-years-old Martial needs to be learning from an attacking coach who believes in him and is willing to give him a run in the team to develop some form.
United signed Alexis Sanchez in January and Mourinho will be under pressure to make a success of the acquisition, particularly considering he’s the club’s highest earner. That leaves one of the world’s best young talents Martial automatic second choice and with a manager who doesn’t believe in him.
While the British transfer window was open, he was linked with a move to Spurs where Mauricio Pochetino gives young players a chance and Chelsea where Sarri is looking to play fast, attacking football like Martial enjoys. These would have been perfect fits for the Frenchman, but they never materialised, so he must either move abroad or stick it out at United.
If he is to leave before the European window shuts on August 31, it needs to be for a team in one of the top five European leagues who play attacking football and will be willing to give him a regular starting role. If nothing of that ilk develops, he should try his best to keep his head down and work hard despite what he thinks of Mourinho.
Putting himself in the shop window is the best thing he can do now, and hope that while that happens, either United begin to play great football with him in the side or Mourinho leaves before him.
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