Manchester United Football Club made it two wins out of two over the weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s men scoring another four goals. This time, they absolutely smashed Swansea City on their own turf. It’s early days, but the Red Devils have made the perfect start.
The starting XI has remained unchanged in the Premier League so far, with Mourinho keeping the faith. One man who has made a simply stunning impact from off of the bench is Anthony Martial. The talented Frenchman has scored twice and picked up an assist in just over 30 minutes of football – which is a stunning return.
At 21, he comes on when opposing defences are tired, and he’s been killing off games due to his electric pace and deadly finishing ability.
In his most recent press conference, the gaffer was asked about whether it’s tough keeping Martial on the bench, and Mourinho responded pretty bluntly:
“No. We’re using him well and he’s coming with the right attitude. We had a conversation about the future he has here and I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul Pogba, with Romelu Lukaku.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He’s growing in confidence and, of course, two periods of 20 minutes and he’s scored two goals, so for his confidence it’s good.”
Mourinho then added that of course, Martial is hungry to play. But for me, I don’t see any reason as to why he’d change the starting line-up right now. It’s not as if Marcus Rashford is playing badly at this point in time, and until that changes, the Reds boss should stick with what is working.
“Of course he wants to play, of course, he wants to start, of course, he wants to be selected for the national team, of course, he wants to go to the World Cup, so that’s good.
“And for me it’s simple – I can’t play Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup with 11 players, I need a squad. He’s working really well. Maybe that French language little group we have – Marouane Fellaini, Paul, Romelu – is a group where he’s well integrated now and they bring him up.”
“His professional level has improved and he’s working much, much better, so we are happy. We have lots of hopes with him and he can only improve.”
Without question, Martial will get his starts when the games start coming thick and fast. Don’t forget, the Champions League starts up next month, as does the League Cup. It’s up to the French winger to keep working hard in training whilst impressing from off of the bench.
If he keeps putting in these brilliant cameo displays, then it’ll only be a matter of time before he’s handed opportunities to play from the first minute.