Mourinho now backing Martial for new United deal
Anthony Martial appears to be winning over Jose Mourinho after the Manchester United manager admitted he hopes the France forward will sign a new contract, only four months after urging the club to sell him.
Mourinho's wish to offload Martial was vetoed by United's hierarchy but the Portuguese now seems to have changed his stance after the 22-year-old scored four goals in his past five games.
Martial has yet to agree a new contract, with his existing deal expiring at the end of next season, but Mourinho - who has told United to forget about the title while they remain cut adrift of the top four - said he hopes the forward will commit his long-term future.
"Obviously I hope they will agree," Mourinho said ahead of this lunchtime's trip to Bournemouth. "One thing is that he's a talented player. Another thing is he is a talented player with consistency and understanding.
"When you reach that level, or are almost reaching it, is when you become a top player. He is now much closer to being a top player."
Two forwards enduring a tougher time are Romelu Lukaku, who is without a goal in his past nine United games, and Marcus Rashford, who has just one goal for the club this term.
"I don't like to say we don't score many goals because our strikers aren't scoring, I don't like to say we concede too many because my 'keeper does not save anything. Everything is about the team," Mourinho said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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