Three years on: What next for Anthony Martial?

It’s been just more than three years to the day that a young Frenchman called Anthony Martial scored that goal at Old Trafford against Liverpool. A day many thought a new hero announced himself to the world with a future that would carve deep into Manchester United’s already impressive history books.

But, 87 appearances in the famous colours and two managers later, it seems the fairy-tale is all but over.

What’s the story?

Ever since that day at Old Trafford the football world has been waiting to see the exciting development of Martial into one of the game’s brightest stars. Unfortunately, it appears that the 22-year-old would be better off achieving that status at a different club, rather than at United.

Martial’s relationship with manager José Mourinho appears to be a toxic one and it doesn’t look as if there’s any chance of saving it. According to the Evening Standard, Mourinho has ‘lost patience’ in Martial after a series of ongoing issues.

Martial missed the start of United’s pre-season due to the birth of his child, which didn’t sit too well with Mourinho, with the gaffer believing Martial skipped training longer than initially intended.

Jose Mourinho pats Anthony Martial on the head

Martial should stay in England, but not at United

Martial has only featured once for United this season in a dismal 3-2 loss at Brighton and Hove in the second round of the Premier League. Apart from that he looked on from either the bench or the stands in the matches against Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley.

The fact that Mourinho seems to be fed up with him suggests the time might be right for Martial to broaden his horizons in order to rejuvenate his career. A move to Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea could be a very sensible choice at this stage of his career.

At such a young age, clubs of this calibre would be more than happy to make use of him. Question marks have been raised over the squad depth at Tottenham, while Chelsea might see him as an option to replace Willian, who has seen increasingly less game time this season under new manager Sarri.

Arsenal, on the other hand, won’t mind bringing another attacker, if they can afford him of course.