Jose Mourinho refuses to give Anthony Martial guarantees of Manchester United future after disappearing from US tour

Red Devils boss expected Anthony Martial to return to US after birth of his child, but the French forward stayed home

JOSE MOURINHO has refused to give Anthony Martial any guarantees over his future after going AWOL.

He quit the club’s pre-season tour last week to be in Paris for the birth of his child.

But Mourinho was expecting him to return to the States afterwards and he has not.

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When he was asked what the future held for the player Mourinho tried to refer the question to his press office Karen Shotbolt.

He said: “ Anthony Martial is better for Karen to answer if she wants to answer.”

Asked later is he would return to the squad he said: “I don’t know.”

Talking after United beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Miami he did however praise the spirit of the players who have been here.

He also mentioned that Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Romelu Lukaku have agreed to return early from holiday although there was no mention of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard or Maroune Fellaini doing the same after their World Cup exploits.

He said: “My players have been amazing in their effort but we
have more effort in front of us.

“We go to Munich in a few days and we start the Premier League in nine days, these are the players that we have plus Victor Lindelof, that started training two days ago, plus Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Romelu Lukaku because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their
holiday so they’re coming back three days early to try and be available for the team.

“And with the fantastic spirit we have in the majority of the players, I repeat – in the majority of the players, we have a
fantastic spirit, we go with everything we have to the Premier League.”

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After three 1-1 draws in 90 minutes and a 4-1 defeat to
Liverpool their victory over Real has at least given an
otherwise difficult tour a positive end.

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