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United’s Martial earns recall to France squad

United’s Martial earns recall to France squad

And after being fined by Mourinho for going AWOL whilst on pre-season tour of the US, he began the season lacking confidence and in woeful form.

After starting just one of United's opening six league games, he has scored five goals in his last four outings to win back the trust of both Mourinho and national team manager Didier Deschamps.

"I knew that for him to become a really top player, he needed to overcome some barriers that I put on the road for him". It is up to his talent, because he has phenomenal talent.

Martial will now hope to play a part in their future success, and United will also have new hope he can be a big part of theirs too.

The 22-year-old has struggled to maintain consistent form under Jose Mourinho during his first two seasons in charge.

France squad in full: Alphonse Areola (Paris St-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Lucas Digne (Everton), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Steven Nzonzi (Roma), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille).

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"It's been a while since he's been in the French team, with good periods and more hard periods", said coach Didier Deschamps of Martial's return to the global fold.

"No team will want to face Anthony Martial right now", Ince told Paddy Power.

"Anthony has had good times in blue but also some hard, particularly at club level", Deschamps told a news conference after he unveiled his latest squad.

"What he is doing in Manchester now is closer to what he is able to do". I'm talking about commitment and efficiency in front of goal.

"He is getting more important in Manchester United", Deschamps said.

Martial's days at Old Trafford seemed numbered after he was criticised by Jose Mourinho and fined by the club for taking an extended leave of absence from United's summer training camp in the United States, due to the birth of his child.


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