How Anthony Martial improved at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho

How Anthony Martial improved at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho

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The 22-year-old has scored five goals in his last six games for the Red Devils to regain his place in the national team

Anthony Martial is in fine form for Man Utd and Jose Mourinho has explained how he has improved him ahead of the Manchester derby.

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The Manchester United winger, who missed out on a place in the victorious World Cup squad, has scored five goals in his last six games to earn a recall to the national side.

Martial, 22, will be looking to add to his 18 caps when Les Bleus face the Netherlands and Uruguay this month.

What he’s currently achieving with Manchester United is closer to what he’s able to do regularly.

He’s a young player and I hope he is becoming more mature. He has proved that on the pitch by how important he’s been for Manchester United for a few weeks already.

It’s obvious by Jose Mourinho’s choice [to start Martial] and what he’s doing on the pitch.

Manchester United are closing in on an agreement with a star forward which would see him put pen to paper on a five-year deal, a report claims.

Martial is likely to line-up for Manchester United when they take on fierce rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola appear to have buried the hatchet, with the Manchester City manager happy to move on from their rows.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola described old foe Jose Mourinho as a “good guy” ahead of this weekends Manchester derby.

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United boss Mourinho has clashed with Guardiola numerous times over the years, with their previously intense rivalry dating back to when they coached Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Mourinho was widely assumed to have been annoyed by Barcas decision to appoint Guardiola over himself in 2008 and the pair had a number of fractious encounters during their time together in LaLiga.

The performances of the Swedish international were comical at times as he resembled bambi on ice and they were perhaps understandable, particularly off the back of a summer in which United had seemingly tried to sign every defender under the sun in a desperate attempt to replace Lindelof, Chris Smalling and the hapless Eric Bailly.

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A Clasico clash provided the nadir when Mourinho poked a finger into the eye of Guardiolas assistant Tito Vilanova during a touchline fracas.

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But since they took charge at United and City the relationship between Mourinho and Guardiola appears more cordial, with the Catalan happy to avoid the rows of the past.

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“Thank you so much. Thank you,” Guardiola said when asked if he was pleased the pre-match focus was not placed on the perceived battle between himself and Mourinho.

The 24-year-old was superb during the course of United's remarkable comeback win against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night and social media was abuzz with praise for the performance of their rejuvenated defender…

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The centre-back would have probably walked into the front door of the wrong house, tripped and watched on as his neighbour's child nutmegged him with a mini-football, such was the lack of fortune befalling Lindelof at the time.

“We are a not a team that gives up,” says the boss. “We are a team that always finds a way to fight back. Sometimes changing results, sometimes not. But we are a team that has a collective spirit to fight back.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/NeB12Fj82f

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof could have been forgiven for wanting to go home and hide under his duvet following a torrid start to the season that saw him produce a series of woeful displays.

United cross Manchester on Sunday following successive comeback wins, a 2-1 triumph at Bournemouth followed by a stunning Champions League victory at Serie A giants Juventus by the same scoreline.

Juan Matas free-kick got United back on terms after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring, with Leonardo Bonuccis own goal in the 89th minute then earning United a famous victory in Group H.

“No team wins in Turin in the last nine years, how strong Juventus are,” Guardiola said of Uniteds eye-catching result.

“They had a problem for 10 minutes after Cristianos goal but they were so stable with a lot of commitment, aggressive without the ball. A few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge [against Chelsea], one of the toughest places, they almost won.

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“Its always complicated. In our history of Manchester City its hard to beat United and they beat us more times but its a good rivalry and a good chance for three points.

“We will try especially to have a good game. Well speak with the players about what we guess will happen and suggest what we should do to win the game.

“We have to play good, only one challenge in football is to play good, and have more chance to win. The top teams, you cannot imagine and think about it, play amazingly for 90 minutes and they dont have chances.”

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United also came from behind to win at the Etihad Stadium in April, denying City the chance to clinch the Premier League title in the Manchester derby with a stunning 3-2 victory.

“The first 75 minutes in the last game, Id like to play the same, top for 75 minutes, but United showed us last season they need 10, 15, 20 minutes to create a lot of chances,” Guardiola said.

“The sensation when they have the ball with players in front, wow, they have incredible talent in front and the middle. You have to defend deep and well, defend crosses well because they are so strong and better than us at set-pieces.

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