Anthony Martial says he doesn’t want to start games on the substitutes bench for Manchester United, speaking after he scored the winner for the Reds against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Frenchman replaced fellow young striking talent Marcus Rashford and scored 10 minutes after his introduction for a vital 1-0 win for Man United.
Martial has now scored four goals off the bench as a substitute this season, as well as contributing a number of assists.
He doesn’t want to be seen as a super-sub, though.
“No, me I want to play,” Martial told Sky Sports after the game.
“I don’t want to be on the bench, but [Marcus] Rashford plays good too, so the manager tries to give us a chance, so you have to score [when you get that chance].”
Martial and Rashford had been regularly rotating, but there’s little doubt that the latter is Jose Mourinho’s first choice on the left flank, and as a striking partner to Romelu Lukaku when United utilise a two-striker, three-man defence formation.
The 21-year-old has been in fantastic form this season, but remains Rashford’s back-up and didn’t receive a call-up for France’s latest squad. He’ll hope his winning goal at Old Trafford can go some way to changing both of those things.