Jose Mourinho happy with Anthony Martial "improvement" after Man Utd exit talk


Jose Mourinho happy with Anthony Martial

"It's then that you look at yourself in the mirror and you ask yourself a lot of questions: 'Am I not good enough?'"

United have not started a league campaign as well in their opening two matches since beating Aston Villa 4-1 and Liverpool 4-0 at the start of the 1907-08 season.

Together, the duo are a constant threat to defences, with each scoring - and Pogba providing two assists - in United's 4-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday. "We also need this happiness, this freedom to play, these open link passing lines and try to influencing the game, players without fear to move, without fear to go into areas that are not in the tactical design".

"We are together for nearly 10 months", Mourinho said, after a game where Martial was not even considered for the bench.

But more than through coded words and thinly veiled jabs, you could tell what Mourinho thought of Martial by the number of times he picked him.

Eric Bailly put them ahead with his first United goal on the stroke of half-time before Romelu Lukaku, Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial scored in the final 10 minutes. I had players on the bench who could help me. "Yes, I think. But he needs to give me things that I like". It is certain that the winger, who can also function as a striker, will be eager to prove his skills to the Portuguese manager and break his way to a regular first team start.

"Two periods, scoring two goals", Mourinho concluded.

The United Boss said, "We're using him well and he's coming with the right attitude, we had a conversation about the future he has here".

"I can not play Premier League, Champions League and cups with 11 players".

"I don't want to see it but, if it happens, I want to see the team losing and see the way we emotionally react to it". Mourinho, the master handler of situations like these, is far too shrewd to give anything away at this stage and for the second time in two weeks has he mentioned the fact that they had a similar start to the campaign past year, only to end up coming sixth in a six-horse race. But from the two games so far, watching the two men seemingly competing for the spot on the left of United's attack, one looks a far more polished and reliable performer than the other.

Due to the work involved in turning their stadium back into a football ground following the World Athletics Championships, West Ham will end up playing their first three Premier League matches away from home.