Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Petit: Martial Has Lost Confidence at Reds

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Petit: Martial Has Lost Confidence at Reds

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ANTHONY Martial is not being given the confidence to succeed at United, according to former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit.

The 21-year-old Martial made 43 appearances for the Reds in his first season, but was far more subdued in his last campaign at Old Trafford.

Petit believes that Jose Mourinho, who said in April that Martial needed to 'come more in his direction' and the Frenchman's United team-mates are not giving him enough confidence, meaning he has taken a step back in his career for club and country.

And he has cautioned France's latest big name talent, Kylian Mbappe, from taking similar 'risks' with his own development as the continent's biggest clubs circle around the Monaco teenager.

Martial was omitted from the French squad for this month's fixtures while competition for places is set to increase at United next season with the expected signing of winger Ivan Perisic. …

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