Manchester United boss keen to part ways with French forward

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly urged the club to part ways with Anthony Martial before the European transfer window closes next week. The France international has been linked with a potential exit from Old Trafford throughout the summer and the Portuguese tactician appears to have finally lost his patience with the attacker.

According to The Star, Mourinho has requested the club’s hierarchy to sanction the Frenchman’s sale in the next 11 days as he does not believe the Frenchman has the pedigree to work under his guidance. However, the Portuguese’ plea is likely to be ignored by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is supposedly against the prospect of losing Martial.

Martial was one of United’s leading performers during the first half of the previous campaign and there was one period where he contributed three goals in as many league games in January. However, with the winter arrival of Alexis Sanchez, Martial was forced to sacrifice his left-wing position and since then, his confidence has been dented to the point that he cannot make a difference on the playing field.

Owing to this, his importance under Mourinho has further reduced for the ongoing campaign but Woodward appears set to deny Martial a probable exit from Old Trafford. Mourinho’s relationship with Woodward has taken a downward spiral over the summer and much of this has come about from the latter’s reluctance to pay beyond certain margins for the necessary targets.

Due to this stance, Mourinho could not get his wish for a new central defender ahead of the new campaign and the Portuguese may now have to stick with Martial, whom United are reluctant to sell, given the huge outlay for his services from AS Monaco three years ago. Martial’s present deal expires at the end of the season, though United have the choice to trigger a one-year extension available on his contract.

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