Man United boss Jose Mourinho confirms talks with 21-year-old striker

Jose Mourinho says that Anthony Martial has a big role to play at Manchester United this season

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he has held talks with Anthony Martial about his role and future at Manchester United.

The 21-year-old forward’s situation has been something of a source of speculation this summer amid reports that he could be set to leave Old Trafford on loan.

However, Martial has underlined his importance to the Manchester United team in their first two Premier League games of the season, despite not starting against West Ham or Swansea.

Martial came off the bench to score in the Red Devils’ 4-0 victory over Swansea City on Saturday, after he did the same thing against West Ham at Old Trafford the week before.

And Mourinho has now given a clear indication about Martial’s future, insisting that he wants the French forward to stay at Manchester United this summer.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Saturday, Mourinho said: “We had a conversation about the future he has here and I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

“I think he is growing in confidence and to have two periods of 20 minutes and score two goals is good for that.

“Of course he wants to play, start for us, be selected for the national team and go to the World Cup. That’s good and for me, it’s simple: I cannot play Premier League, Champions League and cups with 11 players. I need a squad.

“He is working really well and maybe the little French language group we have with Paul, Romelu and Marouane Fellaini is helping him. He is very well integrated now. They bring him up and his level has improved.”

Martial will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action with a home clash against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

Mourinho’s men are currently top of the Premier League table after their impressive 4-0 wins to kick the new campaign off in style.

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