Anthony Martial opens about about his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho

  • Jack Figg

Anthony Martial’s brace against Chelsea has given the Frenchman a much needed confidence boost.

Although this was the 22 year-olds third goal in two games, having also scored an equaliser against Newcastle the game prior to the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, things haven’t all gone the forwards way.

Martial has suffered an inconstant role in Jose Mourinho’s starting 11 since the Portuguese manager took control at Old Trafford in 2016.

In the 2016/2017 season when Mourinho first arrived, Martial scored just four goals in 25 league matches, only improving his goal tally by five the following year after playing 30 games.

It seemed like Martial could have been on his way out of United this summer following a pre-season dispute with Mourinho when the Frenchman had an extended break after the birth of his child.

Despite reported interest from Premier League clubs and abroad, Martial stayed put and has since made six league appearances.

Martial was substituted for Andreias Pereira in the 84th minute, and Mourinho embraced his forward as he came off. 

Martial comments on his relationship with Mourinho 

After Martial’s double against Chelsea the 22 year-old stated there was never any tension between him and his manager.

“Come on, things were not tense between us to begin with,” Martial said.

“We have a player-coach relationship and I hope that we will continue like that and bring Manchester United as much as possible."

Martial’s equaliser against Chelsea turned the game around following a poor first half from United.

However, Martial admitted to the slow start and praised his side for fighting their way back into the game.


"We were not doing well," he said. "However, we worked hard and this sort of match enabled us to show that we are a good team.

"We want to continue with another good game against Juventus on Tuesday.

"[The goals] have done me the world of good. However, ultimately, I am disappointed. We deserved to win but we shipped the goal in the last minute and it cost us."

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