In Focus: A happy and motivated Martial can be huge for Man United

As reported by The Sun, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to sit down with attacker Anthony Martial and assure he still has a big part to play at the club.

What’s the story?

Martial’s usual position on the left flank of Mourinho’s first team has been occupied by the arriving Alexis Sanchez and the Frenchman has been either forced out of the team or onto the right wing in the last four matches.

That’s seen a loss of form and question marks about his long-term future at Old Trafford.

The Sun report that the 22-year-old is keeping his options open currently, with Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal interested in his services.

However, Mourinho is looking to assure him his future still lies in Manchester, say the paper.

Still a threat?

There’s no doubting that Martial, rated as worth £58.5m by Transfermarkt, remains one of United’s most talented attackers, despite a poor couple of weeks in matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.

So far this season he’s scored 11 and assisted 9 more in 35 appearances, clearly an attacking contribution that has been important to Jose Mourinho’s first team.

His best position though is clearly on the left flank, where the majority of direct goal contributions have come from this season.

Whether Alexis Sanchez could play behind Lukaku or whether Martial needs to learn a new right-sided role, it’s clear that Mourinho must get the best out of both players if the Red Devils are to be successful.

The Frenchman, happy and motivated, has the potential to be one of the best in the English Premier League and fans will be hoping the reported talks between manager and player are productive.