Last Friday, Jose Mourinho made a promise, insisting young forward Anthony Martial would keep his place in the starting XI for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Hull City if he produced a ‘magnificent’ performance versus Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.
The Latics turned up at Old Trafford yesterday and although Martial wasn’t the owner of any of the goals in the 4-0 win, he did supply Chris Smalling for United’s second and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their third.
But does that performance qualify as magnificent? We at FootballFanCast, despite discussing Martial’s display in numbers via our slick infographic, aren’t particularly convinced either way. On the one hand, the Frenchman was crucial to the result; on the other, he didn’t exactly dominate a Wigan defence fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Championship.
With that in mind, we’re opening up the discussion to the United fan base ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash – should Mourinho deliver on his promise of another start, or did Martial fail to do enough against Wigan to earn a place in the XI to face the Tigers? In short, should Martial start United’s next game?