The 21-year-old struggled during Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge but has adapted to the demands of his manager’s tactical requirements and has produced some of his best performances in a United shirt since his arrival from Monaco in the summer of 2015.
Despite his improved output, Mourinho has tended to alternate Martial with fellow youngster and wide forward Marcus Rashford, and the France international feels it is difficult to build-up any momentum while he is spending so much time on the bench.
‘It’s easier to start the game,’ Martial told SFR Sport. ‘When you come off the bench, the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away. I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game.
‘I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it’s up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I’ll play a bit more.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Newcastle United (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Basel (A) – Wed 22 Nov (Champions League)
Brighton (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Watford (A) – Tue 28 Nov
Arsenal (A) – Sat Dec 2
CSKA Moscow (H) – Tues Dec 5 (Champions League)
Manchester City (H) – Sun Dec 10
West Bromwich Albion (A) – Sun Dec 17
Bristol City (A) – Wed Dec 20 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (A) – Sat Dec 23
Burnley (H) – Tues Dec 26
Southampton (H) – Sat Dec 30
‘We all prefer to play, even if at United when I come off the bench, I make a difference. I prefer to start games and show what I’m capable of. When you score and you’re a forward, you’re happy. It’s going well. Even though I’m a substitute, I play often.
‘I’ve played three, two games in the Champions League, I play one game in two. It’s going well. I’d like to play more – that’s going to come through my performances.’
Published at Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:33:45 +0000