Graeme Souness: What I really think of Anthony Martial at Man United

Graeme Souness discusses Anthony Martial's role in the Man United first team under Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness has claimed that he understands why Jose Mourinho has not given Anthony Martial a starting spot in the first team at Manchester United this season.

The French striker has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team with the Red Devils but has made a significant impact from the bench this season.

Martial has only started three Premier League games this season but he has still managed to score four goals and make two assists in the top flight in a total of nine top-flight appearances.

The 21-year-old forward came off the bench to score the all-important winner as Manchester United claimed a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last weekend.

And although Souness can understand why Mourinho isn’t calling on Martial more regularly from the start this season, the former Liverpool man feels that the striker does merit more of a regular run in the first team.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Souness said: “I get why Jose doesn’t start with him. He can look uninterested in a game.

“Marcus Rashford is more alive to every situation [but] there is no doubting his [Martial’s] quality when he comes on.”

Martial will be hoping to play a big role when the Red Devils return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with a crunch clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils are currently five points behind Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.

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