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Jose Mourinho: Anthony Martial will play against Wigan Athletic

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has noted that Anthony Martial can re-establish himself in the starting XI with a magnificent performance against Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Martial was omitted from the first team for games against Stoke City and Hull City in recent weeks, leading to many Man United fans questioning whether a breakdown in relations had occurred between the Frenchman and Mourinho.

It has been reported on several occasions that Martial has grown frustrated over his lack of game time under the 54-year-old this season.

And Mourinho, when asked how Martial could forge his way back into the starting XI, claimed that he would receive a chance to impress against Warren Joyce’s men this weekend.

“I don’t know. I don’t speak with the players about how they take it,” he said. 

“But he will play Sunday and, if Sunday he plays magnificent, he will play against Hull City in the next match. It’s simple.”

Martial has clearly struggled to deal with the different dynamic seen under Mourinho this season. He has gone from being United’s indispensable, central attacking force under Louis van Gaal to just another option going forward, competing with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan each week.

This is the reality of playing at a top club blessed with an array of attacking talent. Opportunities are hard to come by and every chance has to be grabbed with both hands. One substandard performance can lead to several games in complete anonymity, and Martial – if reports suggesting he is unhappy are indeed true – will need to quickly realise that working hard in training and giving everything on the pitch serves as a better alternative to sulking on the sidelines.

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