The French star has fallen out of favor with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese manager wants to use Martial to get a top target.
The French international joined Manchester United a few years ago, with what was a former world record transfer fee for a player. However, while the French star has struggled to impose himself since then, with fans and critics citing his price-tag as the reason, this season has seen him improve despite injury issues.
That’s why according to reports from the Mirror, the Red Devils’ manager has lost patience with the young Anthony Martial and is more than ready to offload France forward. While the 22-year-old has been in fine form for the club, the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has put the pressure on both Martial and Marcus Rashford, with both stars struggling to cement a place in the line-up.
The former Monaco man has been in brilliant form but has been largely limited to appearances off the bench under Mourinho. And with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, and even Marcus Rashford, Martial finds himself at the bottom of the pecking order as a striker. Jose Mourinho has used the Frenchman sparingly and despite that, Anthony Martial has responded.
In 41 appearances, the France international has contributed to 21 goals and assists in a rather fruitful campaign for the Red Devils. However, with the France international’s contract running out in the summer of 2019, it’s said that any talks about a potential extension have come to a complete standstill. According to reports from the Metro and RMC, the 22-year-old and his agent have met with Manchester United in December 2017, but with no response from the club.
Man Utd have entered the race to sign £40M rated Liverpool, Chelsea & Arsenal target, Christian Pulisic. It’s thought that Mourinho could use Anthony Martial in a player-plus-cash deal to try & sign the Dortmund winger. [@MirrorFootball] #LFC pic.twitter.com/yg8ppPHDfZ
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) May 9, 2018
Since the Chilean’s arrival in January, Martial has not found himself on the score-sheet and has gone on make only five starts, including defeats against Brighton, Newcastle United and Tottenham. Not only that reports have emerged that the former Monaco star is unhappy that he is being asked to play on the right wing to accommodate Sanchez.
However, according to reports from the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils want to use Martial as a makeweight to land Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. The American international has been one of Dortmund’s standout players and also happens to be a top target for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
But what attracts Mourinho’s attention to the 19-year-old Dortmund star is his versatility to play on either wing and even centrally as an attacking midfielder. That would allow Mourinho to not only replace Martial but also potentially have a long-term replacement for the aging Juan Mata. Pulisic has struggled this season, scoring 5 goals and producing a further 7 in all competitions.
Given Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s time at Manchester United, Christian Pulisic would be wary of plotting a move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. However, that being said the 19-year-old could do rather well at Old Trafford and could easily slot into a first-team spot for the Red Devils next. Meanwhile, Martial could use Dortmund’s ability to churn out the best in players and return to his very best.