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José Mourinho Explains Why Anthony Martial Doesn’t Deserve To Start For Man United On Current Form

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial’s season has been something of a disaster compared to last year.

Having been one of the side’s better players in 2015/16 (with 17 goals in 49 games), the French international has struggled to hold down a spot in José Mourinho’s starting eleven and wasn’t even among the substitutes in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action with Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Although Marital is likely to return in some capacity for the EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Hull on Thursday, Mourinho has warned him that his form must improve, and explained that he is not being picked because his current performances have not been worthy of further selection.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match at the KCOM Stadium, Mourinho said:

“We have still five players for this position. I cannot give one player chances to play and kill the others. To kill the others, I think I already did that with Memphis by considering him the last option and by not giving him any option.

“But with the other guys I think you would be asking me why Mata is not playing or why Marcus Rashford doesn’t have a chance, or why Jesse Lingard, a national team player, is not playing.

“We have Rashford, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan and Martial, and I cannot give the same player chance after chance after chance and not consider the effort of the others.

“Anthony played against Liverpool, a big match for us and a big match for him, too. Then the next game I went to Mata and Mkhitaryan. This is the situation.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex on January 25, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Martial had been linked with a loan move to Sevilla in the January window and while that looks to be a non-runner with only days remaining until the window closes, question marks about his attitude are bound to lead to further speculation surrounding his future in the summer.

Meanwhile, former Man United captain Gary Neville has also given his opinion on the situation, agreeing with Mourinho that Martial’s performances need to improve if he is to build on last season and reach his potential.

Martial has started just nine Premier League games this season, scoring twice from 13 appearances in total. Having burst onto the English scene last season after a high-profile £36m move from Monaco, the 21-year-old could well be fighting for his Old Trafford future soon if things don’t pick up for him.

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Author: The PA Team

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