The Frenchman’s relationship with the manger has been fractured for some time. His agent intimated at the start of the summer that they had agreed to look for a deal elsewhere.
But Martial has nonetheless remained at the club, only to find himself met with the same cold rejection as last season, missing out on the 18-man squad which faced Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.
But according to an exclusive in the Times by Paul Hirst, Martial will nonetheless agree to a five-year contract tabled by Ed Woodward, who is adamant on keeping him at Old Trafford, due to a belief that Mourinho will be dismissed from his position at Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
The 55-year-old finds himself under enormous pressure having lost two of his opening three Premier League games – a first for him and the first time it has happened at United since 1992. Defeat to Burnley would force Woodward and the board – currently reluctant to sack the boss – to seriously consider other options.
Even so, the dye appears to have been cast already. United have entered a decline on the pitch ever since Mourinho dropped Martial in favour of new signing Alexis Sanchez in January. It feels like only a matter of time before the results and performances become too bad to justify.
Martial will, no doubt, lick his lips at the prospect of playing under Zinedine Zidane.