Jose Mourinho has warned Anthony Martial that he needs to learn from the example of Marcus Rashford if he wants to regain a spot in Manchester United's first team.
Martial’s next goal, his 25th for United, will cost the club another £8.5 million as part of the structured transfer fee that saw him sign from Monaco for £36 million, potentially rising to £58 million, in September 2015.
Mourinho was asked whether Martial’s absence on Sunday was a sign the manager was still dissatisfied and, choosing his words carefully, he made it clear he expected the player to be working harder.
“We are together for almost 10 months. The same way I know the players much better now, the players should know me much better. The same way I know what the players like, the players know what I like. The same way I have to go in the direction of the players, the players have to come in my direction.
“That’s the point. That’s why Marcus Rashford, even without scoring goals, even with being since September without a goal in the Premier League, was always a player I trusted, I played, I supported because he was always coming in my direction, in the direction I want from a player and what I want as a Manchester United player. He [Rashford] is about that.
“Do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes, I think. Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes I think. But he needs to give me things that I like.”