Red Devils boss issues stinging warning to French striker ahead of Europa League clash
JOSE MOURINHO has warned Anthony Martial to be more like Marcus Rashford and prove he has a future at Manchester United.
The French striker has endured a frustrating campaign at Old Trafford since the arrival of the Portuguese coach last summer.
He has only found the net on seven occasions, his last goal coming in February against Watford.
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Speculation has begun to grow that the 21-year-old could leave United this summer after growing disillusioned with his lack of playing time – despite claims from the forward he wants to stay.
And his boss has done little to stop that speculation as he demanded that Martial “pulled” in his direction like Rashford did.
Speaking ahead of the Europa League quarter final second-leg with Anderlecht, Mourinho said: “Do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes.
“Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes. But he needs to give me things that I like very much.”
Despite being largely restricted to a role coming off the bench, Martial has now gone nine games without finding the net.
However, it is not just goals that Mourinho wants to see, as he explained: “We are together for almost 10 months and I know the players much better now, they should know me much better now.
“I have to go in the direction of the players, but they also have to go in my direction.
“Since September, Rashford has not scored in the Premier League, but he was always a player I chose. “He was always player I support because he was always coming in my direction and giving me what I want as a Manchester United player, so it is about that. Anthony has to give me things that I like.”
United welcome Belgian side Anderlecht to Old Trafford on Thursday with a slight advantage following their away goal in the 1-1 first-leg draw a week ago.
Meanwhile, Mourinho did confirm that Sergio Romero would keep his spot in goal for the clash, although that does not mean he will be between the sticks should they advance further in the competition.
He also revealed that subject to his reaction in training this afternoon, Wayne Rooney will return to the bench following his spell out with injury.