In Focus: Manchester United will benefit from a focused Martial

Anthony Martial is happy at Manchester United amid reported interest from other clubs, according to the Manchester Evening News.

What’s the word?

The Frenchman’s future at Old Trafford was a talking point last season when he failed to hold down a regular spot under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the attacker is regularly rotated on the left with Marcus Rashford, but the Manchester Evening News claims that the 21-year-old feels much more settled at the club.

It is believed that a number of Martial’s issues last season were off-field related, but his personal life is said to be in a better place.

The Mirror recently reported that Arsenal were considering a move for the attacker, outlining him as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

However, the latest reports suggest that the United forward has no plans to leave Old Trafford.

Is this the best outcome?

From Mourinho’s point of view, having a fully-focused Martial is ideal given that he has displayed impressive skill and desire in key areas on the pitch.

Having both him and Rashford as options is perfect for the United boss as it gives the pair an extra competitive edge due to both wanted the position on a regular basis.

So far this season, Martial has scored five goals and created four assists in nine appearances in all competitions.

From the player’s point of view, he will feel encouraged that Mourinho is treating him like a real contender.

Knowing that the manager is not afraid to drop players will keep Martial determined and focused.