Manchester United Football Club made three brilliant signings over the summer, with Jose Mourinho tinkering and adapting his squad slowly but surely. The Red Devils kicked off their Premier League season by sticking four past a hapless West Ham United side.
One of the stars of the show was Anthony Martial, who had to settle for his minutes from off of the bench. The supremely talented Frenchman definitely made his mark last weekend, scoring one and picking up an assist within minutes of taking to the turf.
Now, Mourinho has had his say on the 21-year-old as he was directly asked about whether he fully trusts Martial. The gaffer was also asked about why he was looking at adding a left-winger during the transfer period, but obviously, that hasn’t happened at this point.
“I have faith in Anthony,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “Probably the player I was looking at was not a pure winger because I have pure wingers.
“Probably the player that I was looking for is a player that allows me to play with three at the back and play wing backs.
“Because – as a pure attacking player – Anthony is a good player. He is one of the players I believe is going to have a better season this season than the previous season.
“I look at some of my players and I am sure that some players are going to be better. Anthony is that for sure.”
This tells me that in fact, Martial is a major part of Mourinho’s plans. He was only looking at bringing in a more defensive-minded left-winger for when he wants to change the system to a three at the back. Obviously, due to his attacking instincts, that tactic just doesn’t suit the former AS Monaco forward.
He certainly made a positive start to the season and I’ve absolutely no doubts that he is set to have a huge year for Manchester United. Yes, he probably won’t start every game, but he is so important to the squad as a whole.
Sometimes, we forget that he’s still young and he will have that inconsistency in his game due to the nature of the left-wing position. Give him time, and he’ll flourish.