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As quoted by The Manchester Evening News, France manager Didier Deschamps has provided an insight into why he left out Anthony Martial from his international squad.
The 23-year-old made his return in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool, and since that clash, has well and truly returned to form. The forward has scored three goals and provided a further two assists, but despite his impressive showings, was left out by France manager, Deschamps, for the latest round of international fixtures.
Explaining the reasoning behind his snub, Deschamps said: “He was part of the French team on a regular basis, but recently he was often injured. He came back not so long ago and it’s going well in his role as a central striker with Manchester United. For a long time he’s been part of the players likely to be called up.”
France’s loss, is United’s gain. Whilst Martial may be disappointed on a personal note with his exclusion from his country’s senior squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be grinning from ear to ear. The Red Devils boss has watched his side begin to fire on all cylinders recently, picking up five wins in their last six games – and one of the main reasons behind that is his star forward’s return from the side-lines.
When the 5 foot 11 star was out of the team, it was up to Marcus Rashford to step up to the plate, and the England international suffered from the burden of it all. At one point, the United academy product scored just one goal in seven games in the league, and so having Martial back allows Solskjaer to ease some of the pressure on the 22-year-old.
By Deschamps leaving him out, Martial can now take the next couple of weeks to fully rest and recover from the exertions of playing multiple games in quick succession since coming back. From a United perspective, they should be very happy indeed.