Anthony Martial doomed at Man Utd, former defender believes

Date published: Saturday 4th August 2018 12:40 - James Marshment

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown believes the writing is on the wall for Anthony Martial at Old Trafford.

The France forward has fallen out with Jose Mourinho this summer and appears determined to move on if the right opportunity comes along. Bayern Munich were again linked with his signature again on Friday as part of an ambitious swap deal.

Whether he moves to the Bundesliga or not, Brown – speaking exclusively to 888sport – reckons the player is destined to leave Old Trafford in the coming days.

“I like Anthony Martial. I think he’s a great talent and he’s young,” Brown said. “But he’s not been playing so maybe he and the manager don’t get on and maybe he’s not listening to what the manager is asking.

“Ultimately that’s what the players have to do. You have to listen to your manager. He didn’t play many times last year so looking from the outside it doesn’t look good. He might be off.”

Martial missed part of the club’s US tour to attend the birth of his second child and the fact Mourinho kicked up a stink over his actions, proves all is not right between the pair.

“If someone is having a kid then you like to think the manager would say ‘yeah, you can go for that’ and if it was me I’d want to go. But I’d have come straight back.”

Another United man who has been tipped to leave is Paul Pogba, and Brown is hoping United fans get to see the best of him in the 2018/19 season.

“Pogba came back to United with this great expectation, that he had to show the world how good he is straight away,” Brown added. “A lot of pressure comes with that. With that out of the way he’s coming good though we all know he can do even better.

“This season, especially after the World Cup that he’s had, he’s going to start expressing himself a lot more.”


Read the full 888sport interview with Wes Brown, including his thoughts on Mourinho airing his frustrations.


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