Anthony Martial might leave Man United after France snub, says David Ginola

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Anthony Martial could be at another club next season.

David Ginola suspects Anthony Martial might be tempted into leaving Manchester United after being omitted from France’s World Cup squad.

Martial missed out when Didier Deschamps named his 23-man squad for Russia on Thursday, being placed on the stand-by list despite starting France’s last friendly game in March.

The 22-year-old’s omission comes after he was marginalised at United following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January and speculation linking him with a summer move to Chelsea.

“The main reason Anthony Martial is not in the squad is that you need to be a regular in your club before becoming a regular in your national team,” former France international Ginola told Press Association Sport.

“Deschamps has so many options and choices – strikers like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann who have been consistently good for France – that it’s not as if he has to be in there if he’s not playing.

“Players like Martial need to play and score goals for the confidence, they need to be a regular.

“If he is not a regular at Manchester United he will probably search for another club and find one if he wants to.

“But I think Manchester United is a great club for him and it’s up to him to give more in training and in games.

“If Jose Mourinho doesn’t play him more regularly he probably thinks it’s because he doesn’t give his best all the time.

“I don’t see a manager like Mourinho not playing a player who can make him win games. It doesn’t work like that.”

France’s huge strength in depth was reflected by Martial being joined on the stand-by list by Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, Paris St Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman.

Premier League trio Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) and Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) also missed out on selection.

“I think it is a nightmare for Deschamps to put 23 players on the list,” said Ginola, speaking at a Football Association of Wales coaches conference in Newport.

Adrien Rabiot

“Rabiot is the one who is unlucky for me – he is in a massive squad at Paris and played all through the season. I’m quite amazed he did not make the 23 because this is a player who can give you the maturity of all those big games he has played.

“He is the only one I could see left out who could fit into the squad.”

France start their World Cup campaign against Australia in Kazan on June 16.

Their group also includes Denmark and Peru and Ginola, now a pundit on French television, feels France are genuine contenders to win the tournament.

“When you look around you don’t see a side like that Spain one that was holding all the trophies,” Ginola said.

“Of course, teams like Brazil and Germany are always there, but we’ve played against them and we have proved we can face anyone.

“We have the talent to beat anyone and, although it’s a young team, it’s one that has so much experience in terms of games.

“The list of players is amazing, now Deschamps has to get the best out of them in the way he wants to play.”

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Jose Mourinho advises Man United to be happy ahead of FA Cup final against Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United players to be happy rather than nervous as he revealed the secret of his cup final success.

Mourinho has been successful in 12 of the 14 finals he has contested as a manager, in contrast to his opposite number on Saturday, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who has won none.

Speculation remains rife that Saturday’s FA Cup final will be Conte’s last in charge of the Blues, but Mourinho says that will have no bearing on the outcome.

“Honestly I still don’t know what his situation is,” said Mourinho, who has buried the hatchet with the Italian following their war of words earlier this season.

“I didn’t read or listen to him say he is leaving and for me that’s the most important thing, Antonio and the club.

“Of course sometimes I read what is written, that someone is coming, the other is coming, but until is official I don’t know.

“But in relation to the match, if it is or isn’t his last match, will not change his approach to the game and his desire to win.”

Mourinho is hoping striker Romelu Lukaku passes a late fitness test on an ankle injury.

Winger Anthony Martial is fit while David de Gea will start in goal as regular cup keeper Sergio Romero is short of match sharpness.

Victory, and a 13th final success for Mourinho, would also be a 13th FA Cup for United.

“I like to play the matches,” he added. “That’s how you should approach finals, you shouldn’t go to finals less than very happy. That’s the point.

“If you give me the choice of finish the (last) match against Watford and go on holiday, or be working one more week to play a beautiful final, of course I want to play the beautiful final, and I’m sorry I don’t have to one more week to work until the Champions League final.

“Everybody wants to play finals. You have to be happy. Not nervous. Anxiety is normal but you have to go with happiness.”

Some pundits have expressed fears the showpiece could be a dull, cagey affair, especially given some of United’s less-than-cavalier performances this season. 

But Mourinho countered: “I don’t understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don’t think so.

“I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dugouts nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result.

“For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that’s entertaining. I think it will be entertaining.”

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Jose Mourinho defends Man United's style as Red Devils prepare for Chelsea in the FA Cup final

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Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United‘s season will not be defined by Saturday’s FA Cup final.

United finished second in the Premier League, a distant 19 points behind runaway champions Manchester City, but they have the chance to round off their campaign by lifting some silverware against Chelsea at Wembley.

However, Mourinho said: “People can do what they want, you can analyse the way you want to analyse. I can also analyse the way I want to analyse.

“Of course it makes a difference, but it’s one thing to make a difference and the other is to consider the season good or bad because of one match.

“I analyse the work I do, the effort I put in, and everything we all did at the club. That includes the most important persons at the club; the players.

“I’m not going to analyse them because of one – of course very important – match.

“I know the positive things and the negative things so I am not going to change my analysis of the season because of the result of one match. Not at all.”

Mourinho will be desperately hoping Romelu Lukaku passes a late fitness test. The United boss was unable to confirm whether the Belgium striker would overcome the ankle injury he suffered, against Arsenal a fortnight, ago in time.

Some pundits have expressed fears the showpiece could be a dull, cagey affair, especially given some of United’s less-than-cavalier performances this season.

But Mourinho countered: “I don’t understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don’t think so.

“I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result.

“For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that’s entertaining. I think it will be entertaining.”

Winger Anthony Martial has been passed fit after overcoming a knee injury.

Mourinho also confirmed their would be no Wembley farewell for long-serving midfielder Michael Carrick, who retires at the end of the season.

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