Manchester United forward Anthony Martial’s second season at the club is not exactly going to plan.
Having been arguably the team’s best outfield player last year, Martial has struggled for form under new manager José Mourinho, and has a result as been in and out of the team, starting seven Premier League games so far in this campaign.
In fact, rumours had even begun to surface that the £36m (and the rest) signing from Monaco could be a susprise casualty in Mourinho’s expected Man United clear-out over the course of the next two transfer windows, with Paris Saint-Germain mooted as a possible destination for the French international.
Speaking to French broadcaster SFR Sport, the 20-year-old admitted that starting fewer games this season has been tough to take, but insists that he is ready for the challenge of nailing down a spot in Mourinho’s starting eleven at Old Trafford.
“It’s annoying to be on the bench. It’s truly annoying but it’s a test you have to overcome and that’s how you progress.
“It’s difficult because all you want is to be able to help the team and, when you’re on the bench, you can’t. But these are choices and you have to accept it.”
Translated by the Guardian
Heavy rotation with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard has meant that Martial has not been able to make the same impact as last year, but has argued that he is young enough to turn his fortunes around fully:
“People expect a lot of me but sometimes they forget I’m still young.
“Everyone can think what they want. It won’t change anything.”
With Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing for the next few games, Martial is likely to be restored to the Manchester United starting lineup for the coming fixtures, despite missing Wednesday night’s win at Crystal Palace.