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Martial Wanted By PSG But Forward Proves Critics Wrong With Two Goals Against West Ham In EFL Cup Win

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French striker Anthony Martial has struggled to clinch a permanent place in Manchester United’s first team under new boss Mourinho.

martial-goalAnd now Ligue 1 giants PSG are ready to offer Martial an escape route as they want to rope in the out-of-favour striker in the January transfer window.

However, Martial has now proved his critics wrong after scoring a brace as Manchester United dumped West Ham 4-1 to book their EFL Cup semi-final place.

Man Utd star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for the Red Devils inside two minutes after getting on the end of an intelligent backheel pass before chipping the ball past Adrian.

martialMartial doubled United’s lead just three minutes after restart as Mkhitaryan earned his second assist in the game. The former Borussia Dortmund man cut the ball back to pick Martial, who thumped the ball into the top left corner.

After the hour mark the Frenchman made it 3-1 for United as he picked Valencia’s low cross before guiding it into the back of the net with a side footed effort. United clinched their fourth goal after an intelligent move from Ander Herrera in the box picked Zlatan, who comfortably tapped the ball home.

martial-mourinhoEarlier, Martial had struggled to hold on to his form this season and Mourinho had dropped him in the recent weeks.

According to foottheball sources, PSG was keen on securing Martial’s signature even before he joined Manchester United for £36m from AS Monaco in 2015.

And now the Ligue 1 giants have reignited their interest in the player after he went down the pecking order at Manchester United after Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford.

martialA source close to Man Utd, said: “It is well known PSG are very keen if the club does consider selling.”

“He has been dropped recently against Feyenoord and West Ham and has generally struggled for form.”

Last week, Mourinho had warned the out-of-favour United player that he has to step up his game in order to survive at Old Trafford.

jose-mourinhoThe Special One had said: “You have one opportunity, you have two, you have three, if you don’t bite then somebody comes and takes the bait.”

“Anthony was OK for Feyenoord. I cannot play with 12 players. The players have to win their positions.”

“They are friends, they are colleagues who work together every day but in the end they compete between themselves to have more chance to play.”

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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