The future of Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has come under the spotlight after bookies slashed the odds the French striker leaving Old Trafford.
Martial was absent from United’s squad for their game against Stoke last weekend, with reports suggesting his camp are ‘furious’ with his manager Jose Mourinho after he publicly criticised the striker’s agent earlier this month.
Martial has started just nine Premier League games for United since Mourinho took over last summer, with the 21-year-old losing his starting place and the No.9 shirt he wore last season to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While reports that Martial missed training at United on Tuesday have been dismissed, it will be intriguing to see whether the Frenchman has a role to play in Mourinho’s side for the EFL Cup semi-final clash against Hull on Thursday night.
It seems highly unlikely that United or Mourinho would consider cashing in on Martial in this month’s transfer window, but the tension between the Old Trafford boss and one of his shining stars will be one to watch in the final few months of this season.
Mourinho: "Anthony Martial has to listen to me, not his agent" pic.twitter.com/B8ugZ7bs13— Gboye (@mcgboye) January 1, 2017
If you wanted to find a sense of perspective about Manchester United and, quite frankly, some class, then Mark Hughes, rather than Jose Mourinho, was the individual to listen to in the narrow back corridors of Stoke City’s ground late on Saturday.