Martial Is One Of Four Manchester United ‘Untouchables’

But Pogba, Lukaku, De Gea Aren’t

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is one of four ‘untouchables’ that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will not consider the sale of.

That’s according to one newspaper report which claims that Martial, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard will not be sold by Woodward for as long as he is in charge.

Martial wanted a move away from Old Trafford as long ago as January of 2017 when he was linked with a loan switch to Sevilla. Newcastle United were rebuffed when they tried to take the France international on loan in January of this year. Reports at the time suggested that United were demanding a permanent transfer fee of £20million. If this latest report – in the Daily Telegraph – proves to be true then that aspect of the Martial rumours is false.

Shaw was bought during Woodward’s tenure as transfer supremo while Rashford and Lingard are regarded as the best products of United’s youth system is recent years.

Interestingly, there is no mention of Paul Pogba. Romelu Lukaku and David De Gea. The first two are the most expensive players in Manchester United’s history while the third was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signings at the club.

Martial has pledged to stay at Old Trafford for at least the coming season. He has signed a new one-year lease on the house in Hale, not far from United’s Carrington training complex, where he has lived for the past few years.

Meanwhile, reports on Thursday claimed that Martial is in talks over a new five-year contract with Manchester United. In another move that suggests he is far from a move away from the club Martial has apparently been in talks over a new deal.

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Mourinho sat with first-team coach Silvino Louro and scout Ricardo Formosinho as Burnley drew 1-1. The result means the Premier League side go out on the competition 4-2 on aggregate.