Paul Scholes summed up the fear of every Manchester United fan when it comes to Anthony Martial.
Scholes was talking about Martial and Marcus Rashford - two players who have a rocky relationship with Jose Mourinho - when he expressed his concern.
“I know they’re good players, they’re really talented players,” Scholes told talkSPORT.
“Those two especially, I just don’t want them to be players who leave and turn out to be sensational, because you can easily see that happening.”
Scholes has every right to be worried. Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah are proof of the turnaround that can happen when the shackles of Mourinho are released.
It seems doubtful that Mourinho would get rid of Rashford - for now, at least - but Martial’s future is very much uncertain.
The 22-year-old was a bit-part player under Mourinho this season and the Daily Mail have reported that Man United are open to selling the forward.
PL club want Martial
It would be a shame for the Red Devils to sell a player whose talent is clear to see, but they could comfort themselves in the knowledge that Martial would command a hefty transfer fee.
Martial wouldn’t be short of suitors and after Chelsea’s interest was revealed, another Premier League rival is keen to sign him.
According to the Daily Mail, Martial is one of the players that Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign as he plans an influx of exciting arrivals.
The Tottenham boss, who has penned a five-year contract until 2023, has requested at least £100 million to spend on fresh talent, with Martial, Wilfried Zaha and Ryan Sessegnon on the north London club’s radar.
Pochettino’s style of play would suit Martial more than Mourinho’s does, but there is a problem - Man United, while ready to listen to offers for the Frenchman, do not want to sell to a rival in England.
This wouldn’t have been a problem five years ago.
But under Pochettino, Tottenham have finished no worse than third in the previous three Premier League seasons and can certainly be considered a direct threat to the Red Devils.
It would be unwise for Mourinho to sell to a manager that has aspirations of surpassing him.
Meanwhile, Tottenham fans have to be excited at the three aforementioned targets.
Even adding just two of those names would be impressive.
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