Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has lifted the lid on a complicated relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho. The French international has said that the current Tottenham manager should not have criticised him in public while adding that he always wanted to prove him wrong. Anthony Martial eventually outlasted Mourinho at Manchester United and has been a fulcrum of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side.
🗣💬 "C'est sûr, après tu as envie de lui montrer qu'il a tort."— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) February 11, 2020
👊 À l'image d'Anthony Martial à Manchester United, José Mourinho a souvent tendance à piquer ses joueurs afin d'en obtenir le meilleur.
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Martial: "It's true that I'd have preferred it if he'd [Jose Mourinho] told me [criticism] directly, there's no need to say it in front of everybody. After that, you definitely want to prove him wrong." #mulive [rmc]— utdreport (@utdreport) February 12, 2020
Martial: "He didn't start me during the first few games and each time I came on, I scored. In the end, he told me 'You see, now you understand what I wanted'. It can get to you. You just want to show him you deserve to be on the pitch." #mulive [rmc]— utdreport (@utdreport) February 12, 2020
Jose Mourinho joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016 and primarily showed his faith in Anthony Martial by featuring him on the left-wing in the first three games of the Premier League season. However, the French winger's role quickly became less sheltered and he started just three of the next 15 Premier League matches under the former Chelsea boss. Anthony Martial struggled for a place in the starting XI throughout Jose Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United and the winger admits that he found the Portuguese coach's tough love challenging to deal with.
In an interview with French TV channel RMC Sport 1, Anthony Martial has said that he would have preferred if Jose Mourinho spoke to him rather than talking about in the press. The 24-year-old admitted that he wanted to prove Mourinho wrong for not starting him in games. Anthony Martial said that he scored whenever he came on as a substitute, but Jose Mourinho did not budge and told Martial that he understood what Mourinho expected of him. Anthony Martial said that Mourinho sometimes gets to you and as a player, you want to prove it to him that you deserve to be on the pitch.