Jose Mourinho is privately supporting Manchester United’s decision to give Anthony Martial a new contract, according to reports. The Manchester United manager was open to selling Martial this summer as he was unhappy with the 22-year-old’s attitude and wanted the club to sign a more experienced attacker who is capable of playing on the flanks.
But United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward vetoed the sale and was adamant that Martial would not be allowed to leave Old Trafford. United are now in talks to extend Martial’s contract and have offered the forward a new five-year deal. Martial has less than a year remaining on his current deal, although United do have the option to extend his contract until 2020.
Woodward’s decision to award Martial a new contract appears to undermine Mourinho’s authority as United manager. But according to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho is ‘fully on board’ with United’s decision to extend Martial’s stay at Old Trafford. Earlier this week, reports in France claimed that Martial is being used as a pawn in the ongoing disagreement with Mourinho and Woodward.