Favourite to leave
Anthony Martial is now odds on favourite to leave Manchester United this summer.
The winger has been almost constantly linked with other clubs since the start of the transfer window, after a hard season under Jose Mourinho, who is no fan of the player.
Add to that comments made by Martial’s agent, claiming he would basically rather play under another manager – and that he does want to leave, and it was always going to be the case.
However, just when United’s board looked like holding firm and refusing to allow Mourinho to get rid, the player went AWOL after his partner gave birth to their baby – and now the odds for him to leave, and indeed to another Premier League side – have crashed.
Martial has struck back, and said that for him, family will always come first and he will join up with United in the coming days – so at least Mourinho has an answer on when he will return.
Merci à tous pour vos messages. Mon petit Swan va bien, pour la maman ça était plus difficile mais Grâce à Dieu elle va mieux maintenant. Desolé mais ma famille passera toujours avant Tout… Retour demain à Manchester
— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) August 1, 2018
That being said, United are thought to be fuming with his behaviour and Mourinho has not even bothered to disguise his anger at the player, meaning a route out of the club is very much on the table.
Martial himself has made it clear he wants to leave – and will know that despite a half washed Twitter explanation, he may have finally managed to engineer one for himself.