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Mourinho: Martial has to start doing what I want

The Frenchman has struggled to gain a regular place in the Manchester United team and has now been put on notice by his manager at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial has struggled for first-team action this season.
Anthony Martial has struggled for first-team action this season.

JOSE MOURINHO HAS told Anthony Martial that the forward must adapt to what his manager wants if he is to succeed at Manchester United.

Martial was not included in the squad to face Chelsea at the weekend, as Mourinho’s charges turned in arguably their finest performance under his management to win 2-0.

The France international has completed 90 minutes just three times in the Premier League this season, and Mourinho has now warned Martial that he must adapt if he is to thrive.

We are together almost 10 months. I know the players much better now, and the players should know me better now,” he told reporters.

“The players need to know what I like and they must move in that direction.

Do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes. Can he play well for me? Yes. But he has to do things I want.”

United face Anderlecht in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final Thursday, with the aggregate score 1-1.

Mourinho insists there must be no complacency amongst his players, while he has also confirmed that Sergio Romero will start in goal, ahead of David De Gea.

“At a big club like Manchester United when you start the Europa League you probably don’t have motivation that high, but at this stage it must be high.

Romero is not my goalkeeper for the Europa League. He is my goalkeeper for tomorrow. He is the priority for the Europa League, but we have situations for David De Gea to play.

“If we don’t concede a goal we are through, and that is good to know. Our record at home in the Premier League is not good but in the Europa League it’s perfect.”

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