Need to see more from Anthony Martial, says Jose Mourinho

José Mourinho has warned Anthony Martial he needs to learn from the example of Marcus Rashford and improve his attitude if he wants to find a way back into Manchester United's first-team plans.

Martial was not included in the squad to face Chelsea at the weekend, as Mourinho's charges turned in arguably their finest performance under his management to win 2-0.

But the status of Martial is of particular interest, as United must pay his former club Monaco a further £8.5 million ($10.8 million, 10 million euros) the next time the France worldwide scores a goal for United. "His experience, his know-how of this knock-out phase - I think he's a player that can be useful tomorrow".

"Do I think he can play successfully for me? Because he was always coming in the direction of what I want from a Manchester United player", he added.

"That's why Marcus Rashford, even without scoring goals, even without scoring in the league since September, even without that, he was always a player that I trust, always a player that I play, always a player that I support".

Say what you want about Mourinho but for me his management style, brutal as it is at times, has been so necessary at United. "Yes, I think", he said, as reported by Goal. "Yes, I think. But he needs to give me things that I like very much", Mourinho said during his Wednesday press conference.

Mourinho suggested that captain Wayne Rooney, who has started just one Premier League game this year because of injury, could feature on the bench on Thursday. If we need to keep a result, have possession, keep the ball, he can help us too.

The club record-breaking goalscorer, 31, has been out with an ankle injury lately, but looked sharp at Carrington ahead of the Europa League second-leg.

United drew the first-leg in Belgium 1-1 and are indebted to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's away goal which puts Mourinho's men in the driver's seat for Thursday's game. Sergio is very experienced and playing very well. They are fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind fourth placed Manchester City with a game in hand.

  • Julie Sanders