Manchester United fans on Twitter were buzzing that, although the club didn’t make any additions on deadline day, they did manage to keep hold of winger Anthony Martial despite Jose Mourinho seemingly open to selling the Frenchman.
Martial signed for Louis van Gaal’s United in the summer of 2015, with the £36m paid making him British football’s most expensive teenager. This summer though it looked like the now 22-year-old would leave Manchester after Mourinho criticised the time off he had for the birth of his baby.
The pacy forward was also limited to just 18 Premier League starts by Mourinho last season as he fell out of favour with the Portuguese manager, and was linked with a move to either Chelsea or Tottenham this summer by The Sun.
However, The Guardian reported that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was the man who decided to keep Martial at the club, and fans on Twitter were certainly thankful for his intervention. Check out the best tweets below.
1) De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.
2) Luke Shaw is fit and will hopefully shine at LWB.
3) Fred looks quality.
4) Pogba wasn’t sold & is ready.
5) Lingard has developed.
6) Sanchez is in great shape.
7) Lukaku is now world class.
8) Martial stayed.#MUFC
— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) August 9, 2018
— Typical Manc (@typicalmanc1) August 10, 2018
i am happy martial and pogba are staying this season : )#mufc
— AND THAT'S DALOT (@LouiseODonoghu2) August 9, 2018
One positive for me about this transfer window is that surely Tony Martial will be staying now. We can't buy someone to replace him now so him staying is good news #mufc
— Sean Farley (@Football_Sean1) August 9, 2018
The first XI.
Positive is Martial is staying, love watching him play and hopefully has a good season.
Jose now needs to coach the team stop moaning and get on with his job.
— Mel (@Alexmellor84) August 9, 2018
At least we kept Martial! So glad Jose didn’t get his way with that one!
— CJ (@CJ_MUFC_99) 9 August 2018
This is in my opinion not a disastrous window for #mufc yes we didn't sign a centre back, but think of the players we kept hold of Martial, Pogba, Shaw are all staying. So in terms of both in and outs I'm happy and it's an OK window.#bbcfootball #DeadlineDay
— Ashwin kumar (@bashwinkumar1) August 9, 2018
Well we kept martial and pogba . Only downside is that fosu mensah went on loan . I thought he would get a chance this year . #mufc bring on tomorrow.
— banter herrera (@kingsofdread) August 9, 2018