Jose Mourinho talks up Anthony Martial at Man United

The Manchester United manager heaps praise on Anthony Martial after his goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Everton

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United striker Anthony Martial Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Anthony Martial for his “special” performances at Manchester United over the past few weeks.

The France international has found some good form to help Mourinho’s side collect seven points from their last three Premier League games.

Martial netted the Red Devils’ equaliser in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford before the international break.

The 22-year-old scored two brilliant goals in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with title rivals Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge following the Premier League’s return.

The former Lyon striker netted for the fourth time in three league games on Sunday evening when Martial dispatched a beautiful curling finish in a 2-1 victory over Everton.

Martial has often been criticised by his manager for his inconsistent performance since Mourinho took over the reins of the Old Trafford outfit from Louis van Gaal in May 2016.

Speaking at his post-match media conference after Martial’s excellent performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Everton, Mourinho picked out Martial for special praise.

“I think he has the same natural talent that he had one year ago, two years ago, but he’s improving his way of thinking football, thinking training too and thinking his role in the team, so I’m really, really happy with him,” Mourinho said.

“And with Luke Shaw, with boys that are improving and difficult periods for them, difficult periods for myself, because I want more from them and I took them to the limit.

“But in this moment I think both of them and in today’s case, Anthony, he was able to do things that he was not able to do before, so I’m really, really happy with Anthony.”

Martial has scored four times in six games in the Premier League this season to help Manchester United to bounce back from a difficult start to the campaign.

The France international moved to Manchester United in a £36m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the 2015 summer transfer window.

Martial scored on his Premier League debut in a 3-1 win over Liverpool FC at Old Trafford in September 2015 after the France star finished with 17 goals in all competitions.

Mourinho’s appointment coincided with Martial’s drop in form but the Frenchman appears to have turned a corner under the Portuguese head coach in recent weeks.

Manchester United will make the trip to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday 3 November as Mourinho’s men look to record back to back Premier League victories.

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Jermaine Jenas
BT Sport pundit sends message to Chelsea FC board after Bournemouth defeat
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United confident of signing quality 19-year-old winger – report
Jurgen Klopp
Xherdan Shaqiri sends message to Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops hint about Man United signings in January
Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC could use £3.5m clause to re-sign 22-year-old – report
Owen Hargreaves
Owen Hargreaves predicts where Arsenal and Man United will finish
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Jurgen Klopp
‘He’s one of the best’: Jose Mourinho sends message to Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp
Novak Djokovic
Who plays where ahead of Australian Open? Wawrinka, Sharapova, Djokovic, Nadal, Medvedev first from blocks
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC owner’s wife reacts to the 2-0 win over Watford