Mourinho challenges Martial

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Head Coach Jose Mourinho on the sidelines before the match against the Los Angeles Galaxy. AFP

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has asked winger Anthony Martial to deliver more consistent performances after the French forward dazzled in a pre-season victory over Real Madrid on Sunday.

Martial produced an impressive performance, including a fine run to set up United’s opening goal for Jesse Lingard before United defeated Madrid on penalties at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Mourinho said he saw an improvement in Martial’s work ethic in training ahead of the new campaign but the 21-year-old will need to do more on the pitch to impress him.

“Obviously we want more consistency in his talent,” Mourinho told reporters. “I think today was positive for him, that’s why I left him for 90 minutes on the pitch.

“He was enjoying it and trying things, it’s important to try things in these friendly matches, so it’s good for Anthony and his confidence.

“I can say he is training better than before, he’s working harder than before. It’s just a question to bring his talent more in a consistent way.”

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