Miguel Delaney: Jose Mourinho to make Anthony Martial surplus to requirements this summer

by Leo Nieboer

Chief football writer for the Independent Miguel Delaney has claimed that Jose Mourinho is willing to make Anthony Martial surplus to requirements at Manchester United this summer.

The Frenchman begun this season brightly and has, despite a lack of game time, claimed three ‘Player of the Season’ awards and claimed more combined goals and assists (21) than any other Man United player.

He has only made two starts since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January, and the reliable RMC Sport reported on Tuesday afternoon that Martial wanted to seek a new challenge after growing exasperated with the lack of playing time under Mourinho.

But Delaney, in a report that came out 40 minutes after RMC Sport’s, has claimed that Martial’s first choice is in fact to remain at Old Trafford but that Mourinho was planning to add further reinforcements to his attacking options in the summer, rendering Martial – subject to interest from Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain – surplus to requirements ahead of next season.

This notion is directly at odds with what Mourinho has said in the past. The 55-year-old has reiterated since the arrival of Sanchez that no further attacking players would be signed in the summer, with midfield and defence the obvious priority. I put this to Miguel, and he duly responded.

Mourinho noted that he would not sign players in January unless an opportunity came up. One did. And while white lies are prevalent when it comes to transfers, the idea of Mourinho further tinkering with his attack instead of focusing on midfield and defensive reinforcements – something necessary given the departures of Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, along with the fact that Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are both approaching the age of 33 – just does not make any sense at all.

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