Anderlecht train in Manchester park ahead of Europa League tie vs. United

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Frenchman Martial has struggled in his second season at Old Trafford, scoring seven goals but frequently being left out of match-day squads.

The England global did score the opening goal as United shocked Premier League leaders Chelsea last Sunday at Old Trafford and Scholes believes his performance was the latest example of his importance to the team.

Mourinho confirmed his omission was down to dissatisfaction rather than injury, calling on Martial to take a leaf out of 19-year-old team-mate Marcus Rashford's book.

Rashford's performance as up top against Chelsea would fit right into Mourinho's idea of a center-forward in many ways when we think back to some of the more successful forwards he has had across different countries, who were all defined by their hard-working/sacrificial nature as much as important goals. We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position, and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be fearless - to risk.

But Manchester United were forced to extra time before schoolboy Marcus Rashford netted the winning goal for the Red Devils in the 107th minute. "Because he was always coming in the direction of what I want from a Manchester United player", he added. "We're not very reassured about how things are going to go". Yes I think. Do I think he can be successful for me? You can't leave him alone for a single second, you can't give him too much space to operate.

United manager Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho's side hold a slender advantage over the visiting team thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's vital away goal in their 1-1 draw last week.

Anderlecht face United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening for a place in the last four of the Europa League. Mourinho's answer clearly shows that he is not satisfied with Mkhitaryan's play in league matches this season.

Jose Mourinho made a decision to rest his star men Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday, in a huge risk that happened to pay off.

"He is working now, he is improving", Mourinho said.

Mourinho also said that Wayne Rooney could be back on the bench for today's game if he came through training yesterday without any reaction from an ankle injury. His experience, his know-how of this knockout phase, I think he is a player who can be useful (tonight). "He can help us".

Sergio Romero has ambitions of deposing David de Gea as the number one in the Manchester United, amid speculation the Spanish goalkeeper is Real Madrid's priority target in the upcoming transfer window.

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