Anthony Martial criticizes former Manchester United managers Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Recently, the 26-year-old France forward has crticised the former Manchester United coaches for 'lack of respect' and 'injustice'.

SportsTiger StaffAuthor

Updated - 11 September 2022 08:42 PM


After having a splendid debut season with Manchester United in 2015 under Louis Van Gaal, forward Anthony Martial struggled for form during Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's respective spells at the club.

Recently, the 26-year-old France forward has criticized the former Manchester United coaches for 'lack of respect' and 'injustice'.

Martial accused Mourinho of showing a lack of respect towards him. In an interview with France Football, Anthony Martial said, "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 I prefer to keep the No 9. When I returned to the club, I see my name with the No 11, the story did not end well. He [Mourinho] lacked direct respect for me."

Further, Martial talked about the less game-time he got after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, which costed him the selection into the FIFA world cup-winning France. He said, "I was the best in the team in the first part of the season, he brought in Alexis Sanchez and there 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."

Anthony Martial also hit out at Ole Gunna Solskjaer for 'treachery' and 'injustice' as he claimed that the Norwegian manager made him play despite injuries and refused to defend him in front of the media.

Martial revealed, "People don’t know it, I couldn’t accelerate during the four months following the Covid 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. And I got set on fire [criticised by fans]… the coach never bothered to tell the media. 

"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."


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