Ed Woodward opens up on potential Anthony Martial sale under Jose Mourinho

Ed Woodward opens up on potential Anthony Martial sale under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has finally opened on just what happened when it was rumoured Jose Mourinho wanted to sell Anthony Martial.

Back when the news broke, it was reported the club refused to sell him with the Portuguese tactician believed to be in favour of signing Ivan Perisic.

Fans themselves were uncomfortable over the deal, particularly if it involved a straight swap as it was a younger player for an older one close to the end of his peak.

In the end Martial remained at the club and Mourinho was sacked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer choosing to make him the main striker instead.

It’s certainly a decision that’s remained popular with the United fans and is probably the one call Woodward got right.

Martial unfortunately suffered an injury this season just when it appeared as though he was picking up steam.

His recent return to fitness will have fans hoping he can pick up where he left off but given the length of time he was out for, it’s likely he’ll need some time to get back to speed.

Although Martial’s talent is obvious, if he doesn’t start to prove he can remain fit consistently, he may soon find himself replaced by a better striker.

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