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Didier Deschamps explains why he left Anthony Martial out of France squad

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Anthony Martial has flown out of the blocks at Manchester United this season.

After a summer that could easily have ended in an Old Trafford exit, Martial has emerged from a mediocre second campaign in England with the bit between his teeth.

It's starting to look like the 21-year-old could be rediscovering the form that saw him become such an instant hit in the Premier League.

Despite being forced to rotate with Marcus Rashford, the Frenchman has already amassed five goals and three assists from eight appearances of which only three were starts.

His overall performances looked to have saved his Manchester United career and, appeared for all intents and purposes, to restore his position in the French national team.

Martial's stagnation in form at Old Trafford translated to international duties and his performances at Euro 2016 left a lot to be desired. He has found the net just once for his country in 15 caps since 2015.

However, to the surprise of many, France boss Didier Deschamps snubbed the resurgent Martial in favour of the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Kingsley Coman.

You'd think that Martial would at least be rewarded for his electrifying recent form, regardless of whether Deschamps views the United man as a starter. 


It's provoked a very mixed reaction from Red Devils fans on Twitter. Some supporters are utterly bewildered that Martial's recent showings aren't being wholly acknowledged, while others are rejoicing in the fact he'll be fit and rested during the international break.

What supporters can't stand, though, is Deschamp's flimsy reasoning for snubbing Martial.

The World Cup winner expounded: “He’s a player who’s probably better when he starts than when he comes on,” he explained.

“A bit like [Alexandre] Lacazette. All 24 players want to start. Anthony is much better, he’s decisive. The last game highlights what he can do.

“He’s getting back to a good level. He’s more used by Mourinho.

"He could have been in the squad. It’s a choice. He was there during the Euros, he went through a tough time, which he got over. I can only tell him to continue to make me think about him."

Let's be honest, he's hardly sold the idea.


And when a certified Tottenham flop - Moussa Sissoko - has risen higher in the pecking order, you can perhaps forgive United fans for feeling so aggrieved. 

That being said, as long as Martial maintains his current form, it looks inevitable that Deschamps will have to give in eventually.

Do you think Martial deserves to start for Manchester United? Have your say in the comments section below.

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