Jose Mourinho proven right over Anthony Martial as golden opportunity wasted by Man Utd
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Jose Mourinho has been proven right about Anthony Martial at Manchester United after a key decision was made by the club in 2018.
Martial arrived at Old Trafford from Monaco back in 2015, in a deal worth around £51 million at the time.
Fast forward to the present day and the Frenchman has made 316 appearances for the United, with 90 goals to his name across all competitions.
Despite showing promise at times, Martial has failed to live up to the lofty expectations many fans had for the then 19-year-old prodigy they signed almost 10 years ago.
United as a club are currently under intense scrutiny from both the fanbase and media given their poor start to the campaign, with former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness picking Martial out as an example of one of the key issues within the club currently.
Speaking on talkSPORT recently, Souness said: "I'll try, without waffling - I think you look no further than Martial for what that club is all about.
"I used to write in The Sunday Times and about four or five years ago I wrote 'this has to be Martial's last-chance saloon moment', they had given him another contract and he didn't deserve one so by mentioning his name, what I mean is they have, for a decade, made consistently poor decisions in the footballing matters.
"You've got players who are going through the motions now, now that comes back to the manager. Martial represents, for me, a decade of poor football decisions, the fact he's still at the club."
They are quotes that outline why Jose Mourinho, who managed the club from 2016 to 2018, was right about Martial.
According to Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, the Portuguese manager wanted to sell the player in 2018 while he still had a high resale value, following his 10 Premier League goal haul but was thwarted by Joel Glazer and Ed Woodward, who were club chiefs at the time.
The latter has since departed the club but Joel Glazer will remain on the football committee, even after Sir Jim Ratcliffe's proposed minority takeover is fully rubberstamped.