Jose Mourinho has praised Anthony Martial for the way he has responded to being dropped in recent weeks after the 2-0 win against Watford.
The world’s most expensive teenager had been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the summer by several tabloid reports after falling down the pecking order.
However, the Frenchman responded with a goal and an assist against the Hornets and Mourinho declared himself happy with the forward.
“The Anthony Martial I want is the Anthony Martial of the last two weeks of training,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
Because if he trains the way he did in the past two weeks, he performs naturally the way he did today or better because I think he still misses a little bit his confidence.
“I kept shouting to him, ‘Attack the defender, go to the one against one’. He needs that confidence, but he is working very well.
“I gave him the chance to start. Normally I would start with Marcus Rashford because he played well, and the team played well, at Leicester (3-0 win last weekend), but I thought Marcus doesn’t need a boost – his confidence levels are normal.”