ANTHONY MARTIAL has admitted he did not enjoy a good relationship with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
The French forward was left out of the side and publicly criticised by the polarising Portuguese during his time in charge at Old Trafford.
Last month saw him commit his future to the club by penning a new deal, while his old manager is now in the dug-out of Premier League rivals Tottenham and is now the subject of a documentary by French TV channel RMC Sport.
The producers of that show spoke to Martial as part of the programme, and he admitted his dislike of Mourinho’s criticisms in the media of his displays.
Martial said: “It’s true that I’d have preferred it if he’d told me directly, there’s no need to say it in front of everybody.
“After that, you definitely want to prove him wrong. He didn’t start me during the first few games and each time I came on, I scored.
“In the end, he told me: ‘You see, now you understand what I wanted’. It can get to you. You just want to show him you deserve to be on the pitch.”
Mourinho has previously spoken about Martial, and he was quizzed on whether it was comparable to the one he had with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid who he famously declared: “If I can’t hunt with a dog, I will hunt with a cat. Karim’s playing because I have got nothing else.”
He explained to L’Equipe: “With Karim, it was not a conflict, I just wanted to help the player – an incredibly talented player – change his mindset, help him reach his maximum.
“To become a killer, a determined striker. I really enjoyed working with Karim.
“He [Martial] is a boy with a different personality. The thing I can say is that I hope he will reach a level commensurate with his real potential.”