Jose Mourinho has not been afraid to publicly criticise his Manchester United players this season, with Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan taking the flak from their boss for failing to live up to his demands on many occasions.
Following his omission from the Manchester United squad that beat Chelsea on Sunday, Anthony Martial was one of the main topics reporters had on their agenda as the Manchester United boss sat down for his press conference ahead of the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Anderlecht this week.
As reported in the Irish Independent, Mourinho spoke of what he demands of the French international and pointed to Marcus Rashford as an example in how to earn the trust of the manager by following his orders to detail.
“Since September, Rashford has not scored in the Premier League, but he was always a player I chose.
“He was always player I support because he was always coming in my direction and giving me what I want as a Manchester United player, so it is about that. Anthony has to give me things that I like.
“Do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes. Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes. But he needs to give me things that I like very much.
“I have to go in the direction of the players, but they also have to go in my direction.”
Martial has struggled to adapt to life under Mourinho, with the 21-year-old starting just twelve Premier League games so far this season.
Mourinho has shipped out many players so far in his reign as Manchester United boss, including Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, signed by previous boss Louis van Gaal, now surplus to requirements under their new manager.
Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, also signed by the Dutchman, now face a fight to save their United careers or follow their former teammates out the exit door.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena
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