Anthony Martial’s performance against Everton in Manchester United 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday was positively received by manager Jose Mourinho in his post-match comments.
Martial is one of many players Mourinho has singled out for crisitism in the past, with the Frenchman recently struggling for first-team starts under the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.
However Martial, who was brought to United from Monaco in 2015, received much more complimentary words from Mourinho after his man-of-the-match display against the Toffees.
“He has the same natural talents he had one or two years ago but he is improving the way he thinks of football and improving his role in the team. I am happy with boys who are improving.’’ Mourinho told his post-match press conference.
“It is difficult periods for them and for me because I want more from them but I am really happy with Anthony.
Mourinho also acknowledged Everton’s threat, implying that he did not take them lightly.
“Everton is not on paper a top-four side, but they are a team capable of coming here to fight for a result the way they did. Every match is difficult.’’ he continued.
“In terms of my approach to my young players, that’s the way I am. In the end, you have the rewards of that hard work if they don’t give up and they don’t have an entourage who supports their weaknesses.
“Luke Shaw was strong and these people were good to him and now Anthony is becoming a better player.”