Jose Mourinho defends Anthony Martial about Man United absence

The Manchester United manager leaps to the defence of Anthony Martial after the striker's trip to Paris

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United striker Anthony Martial was right to make the trip to Paris over the weekend after the manager was left out of the manager’s squad for their 1-1 draw at Stoke City.

The Red Devils rescued a point at the Britannia Stadium thanks to Wayne Rooney’s equaliser which saw the 31-year-old become Manchester United’s greatest-ever goal-scorer after surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249.

The 20-time English champions signed Martial in a £36m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the 2015 summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old finished with a return of 11 goals in 49 games in all competitions in the 2015-16 season under Louis van Gaal.

Martial headed to the French capital over the weekend after he was omitted from Mourinho’s squad for the trip to Stoke City.

However, Mourinho insisted that Martial did nothing wrong in going to Paris on his weekend off.

“We don’t have many days off,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference.

“I like to give the players some freedom to choose if they need a weekend off when they’re not selected so if, for him [Martial], it was better to go to Paris that’s completely fine for the weekend.”

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Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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