Report: Martial Standoff Nears End After Woodward Vetoed Mourinho Move

Report: Martial Standoff Nears End After Woodward Vetoed Mourinho Move

The prolonged saga surrounding French star Anthony Martial and Manchester United is reportedly nearing an end as the 22-year-old is set to sign a new five-year deal.

Last summer, Anthony Martial's agent Philippe Lamboley confirmed that he wants to leave: "Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them. Manchester United want Anthony to extend his deal and do not want him to leave but we have not reached an agreement for several months."

Jose Mourinho later confirmed that Martial had been fined for missing a USA training camp because of the birth of his son: "He should be here and he is not here." However, according to the Times, Martial is now set to sign a deal because he is confident he can outlast Mourinho at the club.

This comes despite reports that Mourinho was not impressed with Frenchman's attitude and wanted him sold. The Times confirmed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward vetoed this call and instead pushed ahead with plans to agree a new deal with the player.


Martial was dropped out of the match-day squad last Monday as United slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home against Spurs. In the aftermath, a stressed Jose Mourinho confronted the media about their lack of 'respect.' He is still available for selection, with an away trip to Burnley up next this Sunday.

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