Jose Mourinho was seemingly livid when asked about Anthony Martial during the press conference.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team wrapped up a difficult United States trip. Their last game of the tour was a 2-1 win over Real Madrid, courtesy of Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera. The Red Devils now return to Europe and resume training with one eye towards winning the Premier League title.
Anthony Martial has been linked with a transfer out of United. The Frenchman left Manchester United’s United States camp to return to Europe. That was to mark the birth of his new baby with partner Melanie Da Cruz. In spite of a healthy new born child, Anthony Martial has not yet returned and joined up with the team.
The 55 year old boss questioned his commitment and also took a sly dig at him by praising the attitude to players cutting short their vacations.
“My players [have been] amazing in their effort but we have more effort in front of us,” said Mourinho.
“We go to Munich in a few days and we start the Premier League in nine days. These are the players that we have plus Lindelof, that started training two days ago, plus Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku, because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays.”
“So, they’re coming back three days early to try and be available for the team [against Leicester on August 10). ‘And with the fantastic spirit we have, in the majority of the players, I repeat: in the majority of the players, we have a fantastic spirit, we go with everything we have to the Premier League.”
Mourinho was then asked explicitly about Martial’s situation and whether the 23-year-old will return to training in Manchester when the Red Devils return. However, Mourinho was unable to confirm and instead passed the question on to United’s press officer.
“Anthony Martial? Is better for [press officer] Karen [Shotbolt] to answer if she wants to answer,” Mourinho said. “We’re here to talk about the game,” he added.
The Manchester United boss was also livid about the club’s lack of support towards him during the transfer by not contributing to making enough signings. Ed Woodward and Co. have yet backed the United boss and promised that a new signing will arrive.