Anthony Martial Wants First Team Football If He Is To Stay At Manchester United After Contract Talks Stall

Anthony Martial has grown frustrated by a lack of game time at Manchester United

Anthony Martial wants assurances over his role at Manchester United after becoming frustrated at his lack of first-team football under Jose Mourinho.

The France forward has started just twice in two months and was an unused substitute in United’s last two Premier League games, against Swansea and Manchester City.

Martial, who missed a week of action in March with a minor thigh injury, was rotated with Marcus Rashford on the left wing before Alexis Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January.

Talks over a new contract between the Martial’s representative and United stalled at the end of last year. They are believed to have resumed recently but concerns remain about how he is viewed at Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of next season, with United having the option to trigger a 12-month extension.

The former Monaco man, who quickly became as a fans’ favourite when he arrived in 2015, has interest from Juventus, although the Serie A champions are unlikely to be able to compete with a fresh wage offer from United.

Arsenal asked about Martial’s availability in January during negotiations for Sanchez but the Gunners ended up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan instead. Tottenham have long since kept an eye on his progress.

Martial is understood to remain hopeful of making his stay at United work and is settled in the area.

He was regularly criticised by Mourinho last season, with the manager disappointed by his level of application in training and his form has been inconsistent this term.

Mourinho has made no secret of his willingness to allow unsettled players to leave. Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin were both granted their wishes last year and the manager believes he still has some way to go in reshaping his squad.

Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini — another player whose future is uncertain and is a target for Paris Saint-Germain — could make a return for United this weekend.

The Belgium midfielder has been battling a muscle injury over the last week, sitting out Saturday’s comeback win at Manchester City, but hopes to make himself available for the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

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