New Manchester United Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Anthony Martial to improve his game or face been left out of the starting eleven. A big indication the Frenchman may be missing in action this weekend against Hull City. Martial has yet score a goal for united this season, with the Frenchman said to be unsettled by personal affairs off the pitch.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a successful debut season at Old Trafford under former head coach Louis Van Gaal having been signed from Monaco last summer but has yet to hit the ground running this season under his new boss Mourinho.
The forward has started Manchester United’s opening two league fixtures against Bournemouth and Southampton but his subdued performances have led to the youngster been substituted in both games.
A source close to the club stated that the pair have already held talks with one another regarding his dip in form and that Martial is going through a difficult time both on and off the pitch. However it is up to the forward to sort it out or he will face been dropped by Mourinho in the forthcoming games.
With a trip to the KC Stadium to face Hull City on Saturday evening, Martial’s place in the starting eleven is far from guaranteed. Mourinho has a bagful of attacking options he can use going forward in Memphis Depay, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Juan Mata all of which can replace Martial in the side should he fail to up his game.
Mourinho can be ruthless when it comes to dropping big name players. There is no sentiment value and if you don’t deserve your place in the side then you won’t be picked, as John Terry found out all too well last season.
The Portuguese was brought to Old Trafford to take Manchester United back to the top and in order for him to do that he needs every player to be preforming to the top of their ability, Martial thus far hasn’t been doing that.
It is widely anticipated that Martial will still be given one more chance in the starting eleven against the tigers this weekend to finally prove to Mourinho that he warrants a place in the team. Should he rediscover the form that he produced last season for the reds then this issue will be put to bed at least for a couple of weeks. However should Martial disappoint once more then he could well be sitting on the substitutes bench sooner rather than later.