Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Romelu Lukaku injury hands Anthony Martial chance at Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku injury hands Anthony Martial chance at Manchester United

The Belgian subsequently missed his team's 2-0 win over Everton on New Year's Day, and will also sit out Friday's FA Cup clash with Derby County as he recovers from the blow. "It's just the way football is", he sneered.

Martial curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 57th minute after impressive play from Paul Pogba as Jose Mourinho's stuttering side finally came alive after the break following an uninspiring first-half display. I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player that gave so much to the club that I am proud to represent.

He produced a man-of-the-match performance which included assists for the goals scored by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in the 2-0 win. In a paragraph entitled "Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United", football writer Daniel Storey wrote, "Ah yes, the elephant in the room". The Portuguese coach underlined his reputation for picking fights with key figures in the game with further comments aimed at Scholes and other former United players such as Ryan Giggs who have criticised his side.

I think Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player, not as a pundit.

The 43-year-old former England worldwide, working as a pundit for BT Sport, questioned Pogba's fitness and attitude, as well as the position he was being played in.

However, United's legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, stayed faithful and hopeful about the Englishman's potential, despite the criticism that was aimed at the young starlet back when he was just 19 years of age.

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With his pantomime arrogance, Mourinho then really hammed it up, by adding: "If one day Paul (Scholes) decides to be a manager, I wish he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself. If he's 25 percent, he'll be quite happy".

Martial started in the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and the United forward broke the deadlock in the 57th minute at Goodison Park.

Mourinho said after that game that Lukaku would be absent for at least two matches but last night the United manager revealed that he had not suffered a concussion and had been desperate to play against Everton.

"It would not be wrong to say that Mourinho views some of the members of the Class of '92 with suspicion, however".

Compare the pattern of United's play to Everton's 1-1 draw with Liverpool three weeks ago, where Liverpool put Everton under constant pressure and were met with ten men in front of them at all turns. "You can see in every training session and he's showing it in the games".

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