Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has explained Anthony Martial‘s absence in the clash against Leicester City, claiming he wanted to bring the player on but couldn’t.
Much has been made of the relationship between the two with there being several reports on how it’s all deteriorated completely.
Martial was even said to be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer but that story should be put to be with the transfer window ending last Thursday.
Though he could technically still leave to other European clubs, it’s understood the United hierarchy will not let him go under any conditions.
Anthony was on the bench for the 2-1 win over the Foxes but didn’t play a part in the first match of the Premier League season.
According to Manchester Evening News, Jose said: “I wanted to play Martial and in a certain minute, a certain moment of the game, he was perfect to stretch the game get them in the counter and I was afraid to play him because I knew that Paul couldn’t resist for 90 and Fred would be in trouble.
“So was difficult for everybody but the players gave absolutely everything, the match was good, the referee was, as always, very good and Leicester very good, too.”
It’s clear to see what kind of impact Mourinho thinks Martial can make, sort of using him as a super-sub rather than an outright starter.
It’s a pretty similar way to the way he used the Frenchman last season to a rather good effect with even Marcus Rashford undergoing the same treatment.
Whenever either youngster was given an opportunity to impress they seemed to struggle or not put in the same level of performance than when they came off the bench.