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Jose Mourinho Is Willing To Sacrifice 22-Year-Old Anthony Martial

Jose Mourinho Is Willing To Sacrifice 22-Year-Old Anthony Martial

Having spectacularly burst onto the scene for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, Anthony Martial is set to be subject to interest from elsewhere this summer.

Far from a first-choice attacking option under Jose Mourinho, the 22-year-old has completed only three of the fifteen Premier League games he has started this season (three games United lost, unfortunately for the Frenchman).

With the recruitment of Alexis Sanchez in January, and the expected arrival of more attacking options in the summer, the Independent today reported that Juventus are amongst the latest in a number of clubs expressing interest in Martial:

While those close to the forward insist his first preference is to stay at Old Trafford, and that the United hierarchy see him as a valuable player for the future, sources around the club say there is a growing expectation that manager Jose Mourinho will seek to further alter his attack in the summer and may see Martial as surplus to requirements.

Reports in France compounded the nature of Martial's unrest; suggesting that he had recently rejected the offer of a new contract, but remains certain that he wishes to remain with the club.

Aside from the Italian champions-elect, Paris St. Germain, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to be extremely keen on the French international.

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Signed from Monaco for a record-breaking fee in 2015, Martial has made a total of 131 appearances for the club; contributing 36 goals.

Generally perceived as a player that has not bought into Mourinho's approach to the degree that the Portuguese knowingly demands of his players, it is undoubtedly with some reluctance that United fans would see Martial leave.

Instrumental in many of the club's most memorable moments during their relative downturn in form since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013, Martial's debut goal against Liverpool sparked wild excitement regarding what he may be capable of.

With Mourinho generally favouring consistency amongst his attacking players, the tendency with which Martial blows hot and cold may well see him sacrificed in favour of a more suitable candidate.

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