Martial and Rojo face uncertain future at Manchester United after snub for Bayern Munich clash
Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo face an increasingly uncertain future at Manchester United after both players were left at home when Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to Germany for their final pre-season game against Bayern Munich.
Martial has fallen foul of manager Jose Mourinho after leaving United’s pre-season tour of the US to be at the birth of his baby boy in Paris and going AWOL for a week. The Frenchman returned to training at Carrington on Friday but was not included in the squad that flew to Munich on Sunday morning.
Mourinho wants to sell Martial and there has been talk of a swap deal for his old Chelsea winger Willian. But the Old Trafford hierarchy are keen to hold onto the 22-year-old former Monaco player, wary that he could embarrass the club by realising his potential at a rival club.
The Argentina defender returned to England after enjoying a post World Cup holiday, and has been in talks over his future. Everton are known to be interested in Rojo, who would cost in the region of £30million.
Time is against United, however, and it is feasible that both players could remain at the club. Mourinho has been linked with a number of defensive targets including Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng.
Asked before the game about Bayern defender Boateng, Mourinho emphasised the need for United chied Ed Woodward to make a new signing.
‘The other clubs that compete with us are really strong or they have already fantastic squads like Chelsea, Spurs, City, or they are investing massively like for example Liverpool buying everything and everybody,’ said Mourinho. ‘If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.
‘My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time, I know he tries to do the best for me and I still have a few days to wait to see what happens.