Jose Mourinho sets Man United challenge for Anthony Martial

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants Anthony Martial to be more consistent this season after the forward's impressive performance against Real Madrid

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles in Santa Clara
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has challenged Anthony Martial to find a greater consistency for Manchester United next season.

The France international was the standout player in Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon as Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1 on penalties after 1-1 draw in the International Champions Cup.

Martial produced the best moment of the pre-season clash after the 21-year-old winger beat three Real Madrid defenders before teeing up Jesse Lingard to break the deadlock at the Levi’s Stadium.

Real Madrid levelled in the second half from the penalty spot through Casemiro before Manchester United won the shootout despite Martial missing the opening effort.

The Manchester United No11 was one of club’s standout players in Louis van Gaal’s final season at Old Trafford following a £36m switch from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.

However, the France striker struggled in his first campaign under Mourinho after a disappointing return of four goals and six assists in 25 appearances in the Premier League last season.

Martial has been linked with a potential switch to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco and Serie A giants AS Roma in recent weeks.

Speaking at his post-match media conference in Santa Clara about Martial’s performance against Real Madrid and prospects for the 2017-18 season, Mourinho challenged the France star to find a greater consistency.

“Obviously we want more consistency in his talent.

“I think [Sunday] was positive for him, that is why I left him for 90 minutes on the pitch.

“He was enjoying it, he was trying new things, and it is important in these friendly matches to try new things, which he did. That is important for his confidence.

“Young players still need time to learn and time to improve. It is also his personality. I can say that he is training better than before, he is working harder than before, his ambition is to try to bring his talent in a consistent way.”

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