Speaking to RMC Sport, Manchester United ace Anthony Martial has opened up on Jose Mourinho’s treatment of him.
The Red Devils forward seemed to have a rocky relationship with the Portuguese man when the latter was in charge at Old Trafford.
Mourinho appeared to have no issue with publicly calling out Martial, with one instance seeing him question why the Frenchman wasn’t on the club’s pre-season tour following the birth of his child.
Now, the United striker has openly admitted that the current Tottenham boss’ style of management was not what he would have liked. He said (as quoted by The Daily Mail): “It’s true that I’d have preferred it if he’d told me directly, there’s no need to say it in front of everybody. After that, you definitely want to prove him wrong.
“He didn’t start me during the first few games and each time I came on, I scored. In the end, he told me: ‘You see, now you understand what I wanted’. It can get to you. You just want to show him you deserve to be on the pitch.”
In the end, Martial didn’t really prove his former boss wrong. In 106 games under Mourinho at United, he managed a measly 27 goals and 18 assists across all competitions – hardly the kind of record of someone who embraced the tough love and showed he ‘deserved’ to be on the pitch.
And his time under current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only slight better – in 47 matches, he has scored 16 times and provided eight assists. The Norwegian’s style of man-management is significantly different to Mourinho’s, with the former United striker seemingly favouring a more friendly approach. Earlier this season, he took the opportunity to publicly hail Martial, and talked up how good he could be in the future.
Two contrasting approaches, yet with very little change in terms of end product. Martial remains an enigma that is difficult to solve and get the best out of.