The Frenchman has been omitted from the starting XI for recent games against Stoke, Hull and Leicester City, with his only Premier League start of 2017 coming against Liverpool.
But the youngster confirmed earlier today that, contrary to widespread conjecture, he is happy at Old Trafford in spite of his recent struggles.
Dont listen the papers it's wrong thanks Come on United ????
— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) February 6, 2017
Martial’s lack of game time in the past month or so has provided the perfect platform for various media outlets to push a PR campaign suggesting a level of discontent between Martial and Mourinho. The same thing happened with Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this season; the entire footballing world was on the 54-year-old’s back.
But much like the false Mkhitaryan saga, there is a hidden purpose behind the 20-year-old’s omission from the starting XI. Mourinho, speaking after the 3-0 win over Leicester, noted that, like the Armenian, Martial would benefit from a period on the sidelines – a chance to reflect, reassess, and take the the field with a renewed air of conviction.