Jose Mourinho speaks out on Anthony Martial amid speculation over his Man Utd future

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Anthony Martial scored twice in Manchester Uniteds 2-2 draw with Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho lauded Anthony Martial after his two-goal performance against Chelsea, but insists the Frenchman still has room for improvement.

The 22-year-old appeared to have secured his side an improbable victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, only for Ross Barkley to preserve Chelseas unbeaten start to the season with a 96th minute equaliser.

Martial has now scored three times in his last two matches and is keeping Alexis Sanchez out of the starting line-up, despite the uncertainty surrounding his future. understands Martial is close to agreeing a new five-year extension less than three months after his agent claimed his client was ready to quit Old Trafford.

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Mourinho, however, believes the former Monaco forward is now a more complete player than the one he inherited from Louis van Gaal two seasons ago.

He said: Anthony Martial is improving, he is doing different things than before.

He is a more complete player than before but he needs to improve. He has a huge talent and he wants it, which is a good thing. The team as a team was really good.

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Anthony Martial smashed home Manchester Uniteds equaliser (Picture: Getty)
Anthony Martial appeared to have sealed the win with a sublime second goal (Picture: Getty)

On seeing two points slip away at the last moment, Mourinho added: A fantastic match, a very undeserved result for us but that is football.

We were the best team, even in the first half when we were losing.

“We were in control, tactically. The result is really unfair for us. We conceded from two set-pieces, but that is a way to score goals and you have to be able to defend against that.

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