Anthony Martial will have to play well against Wigan Athletic in Sunday’s FA Cup tie to retain your place, with Jose Mourinho not concerned with how the 21-year-old has received has been dropped from Manchester United’s previous two match-day squads.
Martial last featured when it is started in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford on 15 January. Mourinho led off after 65 minutes and Martial left out of the template selected for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke City and Tuesday’s 2-1 English as a foreign language from the Cup defeat at Hull City. Despite the defeat in the semifinals of the United progressed to the next month of the final against Southampton in the global.
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Asked how Martial reacted to be excluded Mourinho said: “I do not speak with the players about how to take it. You are going to play on Sunday and if he plays great, he will play against Hull City in the next game. It is very simple.”
Mourinho said that the left-hand side Luke Shaw, who has not featured since the 4-1 victory over West Ham United in November due to an injury, will also start against Wigan and David de Gea would be rested, with Sergio Romero to play in goal.
The English as a foreign language in the Cup final is the 26th of February, which means that the derby at Manchester City, scheduled for that day, it will be moved. The states are still in the Europa League and sixth in the Premier League, four points behind Liverpool, who occupy the final Champions League berth. Mourinho is concerned that compete in the four competitions will be the obstacle of the States, the hopes of retaining the FA Cup.
“Now we have a problem as is the fact that they do not play Manchester City when we need to. We play the Europa League, which is not like the Champions League with four fixtures for two matches. The week before the final against Southampton prepare playing in St-Étienne. If we move forward in the FA Cup, the other round. It is very difficult for us, but it is for good reasons – the good reasons are that the progress in the competitions.”
Wigan are managed by Warren Joyce, the former United reserve team manager, and are fourth-final in the Championship, a point above the relegation zone. Mourinho said: “we know the difficulty of playing against a Championship team. We played Wigan in the pre-season [2-0]; they are now with Warren. He knows us, he will come with a special motivation to play against his old club. They’re going to bring a lot of fans, so the game is going to be difficult. We have to play with a very good team.
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“I have worked with Warren just a couple of months, but that was enough to know that he is a passionate football man. He took the risk, accepted the challenge. He left a good situation in our club to try what we call “men of football” and, of course, will come with a team that is very aggressive, well-organized defensively, emotional – the manager is also emotional. I’m going to make some changes.
“I have to. We play Hull City again two days after the Wigan but I’m going to play with a good team, a team with the responsibility to give the fans a good performance at home and with the responsibility of trying to win.”