Manchester United Star Anthony Martial Furious With Jose Mourinho Decision

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Wayne Rooney, left, Jose Mourinho, second left, and Anthony Martial, center, at Old Trafford, Manchester, January 10. Martial is upset not to have been played by Mourinho against Hull on Thursday. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is frustrated and upset after Jose Mourinho opted to leave him out of his team for the EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday night.

Martial, the 21-year-old Frenchman who signed for Manchester United in 2015 for £58 million ($72 million), has struggled to impress Mourinho since the coach moved to Old Trafford last year.

Martial has, Mourinho said this week, failed to take his opportunities when featured in the first-team, which has seen the Portuguese coach look elsewhere.

According to The Times, Mourinho's comments upset Martial, and he was disappointed to have been left out of the squad that lost 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday night.

Manchester United still progressed to the final of the EFL Cup, as a 2-0 win in the first leg saw Mourinho's side win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Southampton is the other finalist, after beating Liverpool 2-0, and will await United at Wembley Stadium for the final on February 26.