Jose Mourinho sets challenge for Anthony Martial at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has challenged Anthony Martial to continue showing him the sort of qualities which he has in training sessions at Manchester United in recent weeks.

Martial was reinstated to Man United’s starting line-up for the Watford game and vindicated his selection with one of his best performances of the season which included him getting a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.

He’s been in and out of the team so often this season and questions have been asked about whether Mourinho doesn’t like him but offering further insight into the situation, Mourinho said he wanted to see that level of commitment from Martial all the time.

He said: “The Anthony Martial I want is the Martial of the last two weeks of training. If he trains the way he did in the past two weeks, he performs naturally the way he did today – or better.

“I think he is still missing a bit of his confidence. I kept shouting at him to attack the defender and go to the one-on-one as he needs that confidence but he’s working very well. Anthony needs to feel that I am looking at him and that I know what he did in training and the effort he put in. So I gave him his chance and he played well. He had a good game for me.”

You could hear Mourinho shouting ‘GO’ from the touchline whenever Martial had the ball at his feet and he obliged by giving Craig Cathcart a torrid time in both halves, particularly the second when he could isolate him one-on-one as Watford were chasing for an equaliser.

Mourinho was criticised for his treatment of Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the Armenian midfielder is flourishing at United now and fans have all got the same hope that Martial’s performance against Watford was the start of his upward curve under the Portuguese boss.

We’ve got such an array of attacking talents at United and Martial is one of the finest, so if we can get him back in top form heading into the business end of this season then we’ll have everything we need to push for that all important top four finish.

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