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Mourinho wants more from Martial

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 01:52

Jose Mourinho demands more from forward Anthony Martial ahead of Manchester United's Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.

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SENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 19, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, WHEN ASKED ABOUT FRENCH FORWARD ANTHONY MARTIAL, SAYING: "We are together for almost ten months or something like that. The same way, I know the players much better now. The players; they should know me, also much better now. The same way the players know what I like and I think the players, they also know what I like. The same way I have to go in the direction of the players, they players they have to come also in my direction. That is the point, that is the point. That is why Marcus Rashford - even without scoring goals, even with it being since September without scoring a goal in the Premier League, even without that - he was always a player that I trust. He was always a player that I play. He was always a player that I support, because he was always coming in my direction. In the direction of what I want from a player, what I want as a Manchester United player. So I think it is about that. It is about getting to know each other better and better and better and going in the direction of things that we like. So do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes, I think. Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes, I think. He needs to give me things that I like very much." STORY: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sent a clear message to French forward Anthony Martial on Wednesday (April 19), saying he needs to do more to impress him and comparing his approach unfavourably with that of team-mate Marcus Rashford. It was the latest example of Mourinho going public with his challenges to a player, after his recent criticisms of full-back Luke Shaw. Martial joined United in a 36 million-pound move from Monaco in 2015, but this season he has struggled to earn a regular starting place. Even with Zlatan Ibrahimovic rested on Sunday against Chelsea, the 21-year-old was left on the bench. Speaking before Thursday's (April 20) Europa League quarter-final, second-leg against Anderlecht at Old Trafford, Mourinho was asked his thoughts on the France international and whether leaving him on the bench indicated he was not fully satisfied with him. "We are together now for almost 10 months and the same way I know the players much better now, the players should know me also much better now," said Mourinho, who opted for Jesse Lingard and Rashford in attack against Chelsea. "Do I think Anthony has potential? Yes. Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes, I think. But he needs to give me things that I like very much," he said. Mourinho also said that Wayne Rooney could be back on the bench for Thursday's game if he comes through training on Wednesday without any reaction from an ankle injury. The fixture stands at 1-1 after the first leg.

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Mourinho wants more from Martial

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 01:52