Anthony Martial has recently spoken of his frustration at starting games on the bench for Manchester United, often being limited to late appearances. The Frenchman believes he knows the solution to starting games for Jose Mourinho's side though and is determined to earn his spot.
The 21-year-old has started this campaign reminiscent of his impressive debut season in the Premier League. After an inconsistent season last year, we're back to seeing Anthony Martial terrifying opposition full-backs with quick feet, great pace and most importantly end product - already boasting seven goals and four assists, despite coming from the bench on seven occasions.
The left forward has been rewarded for his efforts with October's Manchester United Player of the Month. Yet somehow he still finds himself sat in the Red Devils dugout more often than not, Mourinho instead opting for Marcus Rashford on the left flank.
Speaking to SFR Sport (via Metro) Martial explained: "When you come off the bench, the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away. I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game."
Showing an admirable attitude, he continued: "I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it’s up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I’ll play a bit more.
"We all prefer to play, even if at United when I come off the bench, I make a difference. I prefer to start games and show what I’m capable of. When you score and you’re a forward, you’re happy. It’s going well. Even though I’m a substitute, I play often.
"I've played three, two games in the Champions League, I play one game in two. It’s going well. I’d like to play more - that’s going to come through my performances."