RMC Sport (a reliable source) revealed on Tuesday that Martial, following a recent lack of game time under Jose Mourinho, would seek a new challenge next season, although conflicting reports have come out since.
An incredibly tenuous report from the Mirror curiously stated on the same day that Rashford, despite being Mourinho’s most used player at Old Trafford, wanted to leave for the same reason as his French teammate.
And Osman, speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, suggested that both of them could be on their way in the summer.
"They're competing to see who comes off the #MUFC bench first" 🔴
Leon Osman believes Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford should leave Manchester United.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) April 12, 2018
The BBC is a neat idea, and generally a good thing aside from Andrew Neil, but they have in recent times started to drift towards becoming painfully clickbait in its delivery of sporting news – which wouldn’t necessarily be a problem – this site relies on clickbait headlines, after all – if they weren’t actually government funded and nationwide.
And the content Osman is coming out with here, purely designed for that striking caption at the top of the video, is an example of exactly just that. It is not a point even worth taking seriously or indeed challenging. Football cannot be whittled down to catchy headlines; sacrificing genuine insight in favour of shock value deprives us of being able to have a meaningful connection with the sport online.