Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Martial has to start doing what I like, warns Mourinho


Jose Mourinho's side have conceded just one Europa League goal at Old Trafford this season and have won all five matches, extending their unbeaten European home record to 16 matches.

The United boss has questioned the contribution of his forward players and suggested some of them are guilty of drifting out of games too often, with Mourinho rarely offering compliments to balance off his criticism of Martial.

"We have seven games to play in the Premier League, one, three or four in the Europa League, so we could have 10, 11 matches and we don't have lots of players", he said.

"I have to go in the direction of the players, but they also have to go in my direction".

That's why United have never won the Europa League, and why I won it in the only year I played in the competition, back in 2002/03.

"I think when you get a chance to come to a massive club like Manchester United", he said "Even though you might be aware of the fact you're coming initially as a second choice keeper".

But the status of Martial is of particular interest, as United must pay his former club Monaco a further £8.5 million ($10.8 million, 10 million euros) the next time the France global scores a goal for United. I'd be surprised if Mourinho dropped him for Stockholm but first things first we have to get past Anderlecht on Thursday. I am not saying he is old, we have older players, there are many older players in great conditions, but when you get to a certain age, it is a little bit more hard to recover.

"Do I think he can play successfully for me?"

"I am very thankful to him (Mourinho)".

Mkhitaryan and Martial trained with the United squad ahead of the return leg against Anderlecht, as did captain Wayne Rooney.

Mourinho is nonetheless hopeful that United will reach the final in Solna to give Ibrahimovic the chance to play for a trophy on Swedish soil.

"If we need a goal, he can help us".

In the Premier League, the Devils sit four points below 4th placed Manchester City.

Indeed, he has only made nine starts in the Premier League this term - and has started just once in the top flight in 2017. "But I always like to have my goalkeepers playing in different competitions, not complete separation".

Mourinho, asked about the injury to Ibrahimovic, was non-committal, saying: 'I can not tell you what the injury is.

Mourinho is also experiencing plenty of good fortune away from the pitch as, apparently, he's £1,000 richer thanks to Sergio Garcia's dramatic Masters triumph last week.

Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are definitely out of a quarter-final clash that Sergio Romero will start instead of first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea.

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