Well, the team news is in. Once again, there was no Anthony Martial in the squad. The French winger hasn’t really been playing very well when called upon this season, so in my opinion, I can totally understand the decision to sit him out of this one.
The 19-year-old was absolutely outstanding in his debut campaign with Manchester United, but this different has been completely different for the supremely talented forward. Jose has tended to switch up his wide players quite frequently, and that lack of rhythm is clearly disturbing the former Monaco player.
Does this raise cause for concern? The Manchester United fans on social media seem rather mixed about the whole situation as you can see below. We’ve trawled Twitter for some of the better responses towards Martial’s omission.
Check out the tweets we’ve compiled here:
Some fans are basically advising 2 times UCL winner on how to handle Martial, might as well take coaching license & manage United.
— Wicky (@Wicknes007) January 26, 2017
Cba with this boring repetitive Martial chat. Only jst 21, cost a fortune BEFORE he even kicked a ball for us. Ridiculous thinking we'd sell
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) January 26, 2017
I love Martial but it's really annoying to see people put their favourite player ahead of the team. Believe in Mourinho.
— ㅤ (@TheUtdReview) January 26, 2017
United paid £36m initially for Martial, with add-ons it could lead to £58m. You think an investment like will be washed after 2 years?
— BS³¹ (@Schweinmaster) January 26, 2017
Quite worrying this Martial stuff, clearly something going on. He's a shadow of the player he was last season.
— Adam (@adzbond) January 26, 2017
— futboltshulembo (@papydrc) January 26, 2017
Martial. Had huge chance to fuck up the 18yo Liverpool RB, but he didn't. If Lingard has worked this hard for his chance, then bravo.
— Colin. (@Nii_Collo) January 26, 2017
I hope Mourinho doesn't turn Martial into another KDB case #mufc
— NDUMISO (@nduking031) January 26, 2017
At the end of the day, there is only one thing Martial can do now and that is to not let his head drop. Just look at what happened with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian found himself completely out of action for a month or so, but Jose Mourinho man-managed him wonderfully and brought him back at exactly the right moment. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same thing happen here, and this ‘situation’ will be forgotten about before the season is over.