Anthony Martial hit out at ‘disrespectful’ Jose Mourinho and ‘traitor’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but praised ‘gentleman’ Louis van Gaal as Manchester United striker opens up on former managers September 11, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial had nothing good to say when asked about two of his former Red Devils managers.

The Frenchman has opened up on his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying the former ‘disrespected’ him and accused Solskjaer of ‘treachery’, but reserved praise for ‘gentleman’ Louis van Gaal.

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Martial has accused Mourinho of costing him a place in France’s victorious World Cup squad

Martial impressed in his first season with the Premier League when he was brought to the club by Van Gaal from Monaco in 2015, but since then his Old Trafford career has been one of unfulfilled potential.

The 26-year-old has had his fair share of rotten luck, too, having gone into this new campaign as the first-choice striker for new manager Erik ten Hag and in fine form during pre-season, only to pick up an injury that has ruled him out of the club’s start to the season.

It’s currently unknown when he will be fit enough to return, and it appears to have got out some of his frustration in an interview with France Football, where he didn’t mince his words as he discussed his old managers at Manchester United.

The main target of his ire is Mourinho, saying he was hurt by the manager’s decision to give his no.9 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016, and said he felt ‘disrespected’ by the Portuguese boss who said in 2018 that the striker lacked ‘maturity’ and remarked that he and a number of his Red Devils teammates acted like ‘spoilt kids’.

And he also accused the Special One of costing him a place in France’s World Cup team in 2018, and what would have been a winners’ medal.

“It started with the story of the shirt number,” Martial said about Mourinho.

Martial’s relationship Mourinho became strained at Man United and the pair didn’t see eye-to-eye towards the end of the Special One’s tenure at Old Trafford

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Martial’s relationship Mourinho became strained at Man United and the pair didn’t see eye-to-eye towards the end of the Special One’s tenure at Old Trafford

‘During the holidays, he [Mourinho] sent me a message to ask if I want to change to the No.11, explaining to me that it is great because it was worn by Ryan Giggs, a club legend.

“I tell him that I have the greatest respect for Giggs, but that I prefer to keep my number 9. When I return to the club, I see my jersey with the number 11, the story did not start well! He disrespected me, straight up.

“[Mourinho] was talking about me in the press, little phrases, a bit like he had done with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. He likes these games, but he also knows who he is doing it with. He knows that I am 20 years old then and that if I say something, it is I who will be the young person who lacks respect.”

‘So I said nothing, it was useless. 

“The second season [at United], I was the team’s top scorer in the first part of the season, [Mourinho] brought in Alexis Sanchez and I hardly played anymore. 

“It’s the season of the World Cup and it cost me dearly, especially since the France team won [the tournament]. I should have been there.”

Martial was gutted to miss out on a place in France’s 2018 World Cup squad

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Martial was gutted to miss out on a place in France’s 2018 World Cup squad

Martial also hit out at Solskjaer for failing to defend the striker’s performances throughout his tenure in charge, despite putting his body on the line at times by playing through injury.

“I regularly played injured,” Martial said about his time playing under the Norwegian.

“People don’t know it, I couldn’t accelerate during the four months following the COVID-19 season. The coach tells me he needs me, so I play. But, given my game, if I can’t accelerate, it becomes very complicated all the same. 

“I got [criticised by fans]… the coach never bothered to tell the media. Obviously, I ended up getting injured for good and when I came back, finished, I didn’t play anymore.

“I took it very badly, I had a feeling of injustice, you are asked to sacrifice yourself for the team and behind the scenes you are dismissed. For me, it’s almost treachery. That’s all I hate. I can be blamed, but not for being fake.”

Martial accused Solskjaer of betraying him by dropping him down the pecking order at Man United after risking his body to play

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Martial accused Solskjaer of betraying him by dropping him down the pecking order at Man United after risking his body to play

Martial was more positive about Van Gaal, though, saying he appreciated the time and effort the veteran Dutch coach put in to help the Frenchman improve his game.

He added: “I had a great relationship with Louis van Gaal the first season.

“I love to learn and when a gentleman like him takes the time to make me watch videos of my matches in his office to explain things to me, that’s the best.

“Once I had scored twice and he made me watch the video to set me on fire. 

“I told him that I scored twice, so what’s the problem? He wanted to talk to me about running angles and movement zones. I told him that I understood and that he liked my whole character. 

“With Mourinho, it had nothing to do.”

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Martial has praised Van Gaal for helping him up his game at Old Trafford

Martial also responded to criticism over his body language during games, and said he refuses to disguise his frustration on the pitch.

“Basically, I have to display my disappointment after a missed opportunity so that people don’t say, ‘Ah, he doesn’t really care’ – I’ll tell you simply: I’m a footballer, not an actor,” he explained.

“A lot of people think you have to be a little comedian and I see players who show their rage so that the public and the media think they are motivated. All the media circus does not interest me. I cannot change to please others.

“I am not immune to criticism. When people say that I lack consistency, it’s true. When I have my place, it often goes well, but when I’ve been used less, it’s true that my performance has not been the same.

“It’s a vicious circle: I’m less efficient, because I play less and therefore I play even less. When it’s like that, I can sometimes drop out a bit. A player like Cavani, he’s at 3000 per cent even when given few minutes.”

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