Manchester United: We need to talk about Anthony

TFF happens to be a big fan of the man-management style of Jose Mourinho.

David Moyes commanded no respect from the squad and Louis van Gaal rubbed too many players up the wrong way.

But Jose seems to treat players on a case by case basis. Rather like Sir Alex he seems to know when to put an arm around a player and when to strong arm him.

And not since Fergie himself have we seen a Manchester United manager improve so many players in his squad.

The likes of Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are playing out of their skin. They have been transformed from peripheral squad members to key first-teamers.

And all of his new signings have made very positive impressions.

But his treatment of Anthony Martial continues to flummox the Manchester United masses.

Against Hull United needed their best player more than ever with his speed and ability to pass a man and open up the game with his dribbling ability.

He is still only 21 and must learn to be patient. But it’s also easy to understand his current frustration.

Because three points were absolutely vital at Old Trafford on Wendesday and Manchester United’s failure to deliver could prove crucial in the race for the top four. With the rivals stumbling midweek this was a gilt-edged opportunity to close the gap.

TFF wonders whether it’s time for Mourinho to swallow his pride and admit that he has maybe mismanaged Martial.