By Dave Marshall
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has allayed the club’s fans over the future of Anthony Martial. The 21-year-old France international has been linked to the exit door at Old Trafford all summer as the club actively pursued the signing of Inter Milan winger, Ivan Perisic. The former Monaco man was even mooted as part of the deal to bring the Croatian forward to Old Trafford, but with the Perisic deal looking less likely, Martial is set to stay at the club and Mourinho has all but confirmed it.
United came out with guns blazing in the Premier League this season as we have won 4-0 in two consecutive matches at the start of the season, and Martial had been an integral part of that.
He has scored twice in as many matches against Swansea and West Ham, despite not starting both matches and is in contention to start when Leicester City come to The Theatre of Dreams this weekend. Martial struggled to play under Mourinho last season who questioned his drive and determination to start for the club, but a good pre-season and excellent start to the season may mean that the player has a long term future at the club.
Speaking in his post match press conference after the 4-0 victory over Swansea, Mourinho spoke about Martial. He said:
“We had a conversation about the future he has here and I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
“I think he is growing in confidence and to have two periods of 20 minutes and score two goals is good for that.” he added. Martial is looking to kick on with his Old Trafford career as he has been inconsistent after overcoming personal troubles and confidence issues after bad form.
Martial was signed in 2015 from Monaco for £36m and announced himself as a truly good player with a solo goal on his debut against Liverpool and scored 17 goals in his first campaign at the club. He is a classy player that can play from the flanks and also as a striker. He has been compared to France legend, Thierry Henry and has scored 27 goals in over 90 matches for the 20-time English champions.