Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he has been impressed with the progress of Anthony Martial this term and he remains optimistic over the attacker’s commitment towards the club on a long-term basis.
Martial had been one of United’s in-form players during the first half of the previous campaign but the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in mid-season saw him drop him to the bench with the Chilean cementing the position on the left wing.
Thereafter, his representative indicated that he could part ways with the club during the summer and things only got worse thereon with Martial going AWOL from pre-season training during the birth of his second child.
Owing to this, Martial found himself out of contention for a regular starting role during the opening months of the campaign but he has managed to redeem himself since October after taking advantage of Sanchez’s poor form.
Martial comes into the current month with four goals scored from his previous four appearances and speaking ahead of the Bournemouth game, Mourinho has backed a new contract for the former AS Monaco graduate.
At present, the Frenchman has only eight months remaining on his existing deal but the club have the luxury of an extension clause which may be triggered to keep him in Manchester for another 12 months.
Nonetheless, the hierarchy are keen on sorting out his future for the long-term and it remains to be seen whether they can convince the attacker to stay put with the promise of a bumper wage package.
Martial has found the scoresheet in each of the previous three league matches and he should fancy his prospects of finding the net once more when United make the trip to the south Coast on Saturday.
United are currently on 17 points after the opening 10 games of the season and they could potentially go equal with Bournemouth with a victory at the Vitality Stadium. Jose Mourinho’s side are presently nine points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.
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