Anthony Martial may be struggling to hold down a spot in Manchester United’s starting XI, but his manager Jose Mourinho has been impressed by the Frenchman’s attitude and has challenged him to keep performing whenever he gets the chance to play.
“I see a great improvement in the person,” said the Red Devils manager at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“In his mood, in his face, in his body language. If you want one word: happiness. I am very pleased with his attitude overall, which means it’s easier (for him) to play well,” Mourinho added.
In fact, it can be argued that Martial has been influential in United topping the league for his cameo appearances ensured the Red Devils beat the likes of West Ham, Swansea and Everton.
“He’s a happy guy, he’s working extremely well,” the Portuguese tactician reiterated.
“If he starts matches, he tries to do well and if he goes on from the bench, even if it is for just 10 minutes, he tries to enjoy it and to give something extra in his time on the pitch,” the tactician added.
Martial started in United’s mid-week game against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup and even got a goal but with Marcus Rashford scoring a brace, it is likely that the English striker will retain his place in the starting XI for their trip to Southampton on Saturday.