Mourinho Insists Anthony Martial Has Improved Professionally
Martial’s future has been in some doubt since Mourinho took over at Old Trafford last year.
The young Frenchman considered a loan move to Sevilla in January and was wanted by Inter Milan when United held talks with the Italians over signing Ivan Perisic in recent months.
But Mourinho believes that Martial is now settled after the two men held positive discussions about his future.
The United Boss said, “We’re using him well and he’s coming with the right attitude, we had a conversation about the future he has here. Of course he wants to play, of course he wants to start, of course he wants to be selected for the national team, of course he wants to go to the World Cup, so that’s good.
“I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul (Pogba), with Romelu (Lukaku). I think he’s growing in confidence and, of course, two periods of 20 minutes and he’s scored two goals, so for his confidence it’s good.”
The Portuguese gaffer believes that Martial has also benefited from being surrounded by more French speakers after Pogba and Lukaku joined Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford in the past 12 months.
He added, “He’s working really well. Maybe that French language little group we have – Fellaini, Paul, Lukaku – is a group where he’s very well integrated now and they bring him up.”
“His professional level has improved, he’s working much, much better, so we are happy. We have lots of hopes with him and obviously he has to be happy now, and he can only improve,” Said Mourinho.