Jose Mourinho: This Manchester United Star Has Blown His Chance

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial, right.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial, right, at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, January 10. United's manager Jose Mourinho has criticized Martial. Clive Mason/Getty

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned Anthony Martial that he is missing his opportunity to get a place in his starting lineup.

Martial was dropped completely from United's squad for the 1-1 draw with Stoke City last Saturday, and has struggled to find form so far this season under Mourinho's leadership.

"I just think he didn't catch with both hands a big opportunity he had," Mourinho told reporters including The Guardian ahead of United's meeting with Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg on Thursday. "When we spoke about Memphis Depay [leaving for Lyon] we spoke about it being the only position where we have an over-booking of players.

"Anthony played against Liverpool, a big match for us and a big match for him, too. Then the next game I went to [Juan] Mata and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan. This is the situation."

Martial has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford on loan this month, although report in the Daily Express earlier this week claimed United would block any move for the 21-year-old, who could end up costing £58 million ($73.4 million) from AS Monaco in France, according to leaked documents that show how the transfer is supposed to work.

United plays in the second game of the semi-final of the EFL Cup tonight. It takes a 2-0 lead to the KCOM Stadium in Hull as it seeks to meet Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.