Anthony Martial’s summer sure was a rollercoaster ride.
The 22-year-old entered the offseason with question marks over his Manchester United future after failing to land a regular spot in the starting line-up last season.
But those concerns were put to one side with the World Cup just around the corner.
However, Martial was left out of Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad that would win the tournament in Russia.
The arrival of Martial’s second child will have helped him to get over missing out on such a historic moment.
Not that Jose Mourinho wanted him to enjoy the moment too much. The Man United boss hit out at Martial for not returning to the club’s pre-season tour of the United States following his child's birth.
The forward responded by telling his manager that “my family will always come first” - and the matter was put to bed.
Neville's message to Martial
So it’s been an interesting summer for Martial - oh, and that’s not mentioning Tottenham Hotspur’s attempts to sign him.
BBC Sport reported that Daniel Levy enquired about the player during talks with Ed Woodward but was met with a firm ‘no’.
Woodward never wanted to sell Martial - The Guardian say United’s executive vice-chairman views him as a potential asset for years to come.
How much game time he gets this season, however, remains to be seen.
Martial can only get his head down and work and he’s received a strong message from club legend Gary Neville.
“Come on! Come on Anthony! This is not an Anthony Martial point - there is nothing more disappointing in life than not seeing someone realise their potential and talent," Neville told Sky Sports’ Super 6 show.
“This guy has got everything you would want. Great finisher, speed, can dribble, can beat a man, composure in the final third. Come on! Come on!
“The potential, the talent, everything is there. But he’s the only person that can determine the outcome of his career and what he’s going to deliver and he has to go and grab it quickly because it’s one career, it’s one life.
“I’ve been critical of him at times and feel as though he’s underperformed and he’s underachieved but now can be the time.
“Clean slate. Forget all the negativity, get rid of all the noise out of your head.
“Forget that this manager said this, that pundit said that.
“You go out there every day and give your absolute all. Fight for every single ball, make every single run, take every single shot on goal that you can and make yourself the best player in the world because he’s got the ability to do something like that.”
If that won’t motivate Martial to cement a spot in the starting line-up, what will?
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