Is Mourinho making same mistake again at United with selling Martial as he did with selling Lukaku, Salah, De Bruyene at Chelsea? Spending heavily on teenagers is a trend popularized by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. From Cristiano Ronaldo to David De Gea, you name them and they went on to become the superstars in world football. Yet, sometimes when it failed, it failed miserably, Fedrico Macheda and Bébé are some of the examples of promising youngsters whom SAF signed, but they failed to live up to the expectations. In 2016 summer window United decided to splash £36m which was actually an astronomical fee for an unknown 19-year-old prodigy Anthony Martial. United fans balked when they learned that the fee could rise to a potential £58m, and rival fans were having a field day.
But with a astonishing solo debut goal against arch rivals Liverpool, Martial was an instant hit among the fans as he regularly started to score and create chances for the team. Van Gaal’s tenure at Old Trafford still has a bitter aftertaste for most United fans, in spite of the fact that he broke their trophy drought with the FA Cup in 2016. Martial, though, was one of his best signings at the club, and the Frenchman’s inability to nail down a starting spot under Mourinho has been baffling. The signing of Alexis Sanchez in last winter has pushed him further back in the pecking order at United. Rumors about his departure were inevitable after another season was spent playing second fiddle. Mourinho insisted to play Sanchez in the wider role in which Martial excelled and United winning the first two matches 4-0 against West Ham and Swansea, with Martial playing a starring role in both. The downward spiral that followed was only too familiar to fans who have become accustomed to failures in recent seasons. The need for a traditional right winger was apparent, and yet Mourinho chose to bring in Sanchez, a player who had evolved into one of the most devastating left-wingers at Arsenal, in spite of having two perfectly viable options there in Martial and Rashford.
Always felt Martial was the better talent than Rashford. But when Martial goes Jose needs to get Rashford involved more. He's a fantastic talent crying out to be played regularly#MUFC— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 28, 2018
“He needs to be patient, wait for his chance to play because he’s an unbelievable footballer.” “I hope Jose Mourinho gives him more playing time because he’s one of the best young players in Europe.” – Dimitar Berbatov on Martial
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