Manchester United manager keen on sanctioning forward’s exit

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly urged the club’s hierarchy to sanction the sale of forward Anthony Martial before the transfer window closes across Europe. The Frenchman has looked a frustrated figure after dropping down the pecking order at Old Trafford and Mourinho is now prepared to accept his departure despite the Premier League transfer deadline having passed.

According to The Star, Mourinho is unimpressed with the forward’s application on and off the playing field and he has urged the board to part ways with the Frenchman, whom he does not consider to have the credentials to play for United.

Martial’s relationship with Mourinho deteriorated during the second half of the previous campaign whereby he was dropped to the bench for winter signing Alexis Sanchez despite being one of the star performers.

Thereafter, the 22-year-old struggled to make an impression even he was picked in the starting lineup and he ended the Premier League campaign whilst being more of a regular from the substitutes’ bench.

At present, Mourinho is reported to want Martial out of Old Trafford but his request may not be obliged by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is in charge of the transfer proceedings around the club.

Woodward’s association with Mourinho has seemingly reached a low after the Portuguese was not backed in the recent transfer window and the same condition could apply with Martial with the former said to value him highly.

United are understood to have paid up a package of around £58m to lure Martial from the clutches of Monaco three years ago and Ed Woodward believes it would be a huge mistake to sell the attacker, who is being considered as a long-term prospect.

Martial got a rare Premier League start against Brighton & Hove Albion after Alexis Sanchez picked up a knock, but he could not make much of an impression as United succumbed to a shock 3-2 defeat on the South Coast.

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