It appears as if Anthony Martial will be staying at Manchester United this season. That’s according to his cousin, anyway, who said that they rely on Martial. If United do keep Martial and don’t bring Ivan Perisic, it really is no disaster. It’s hard to imagine that Martial will play worse this season, and with the World Cup to qualify for next summer, and to force his inclusion in the international squad, now is the time for him to find some more consistency. He is, as he showed against West Ham, an excellent finisher.
Paul Pogba is relieved that Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain, because he no longer has to worry about always being asked about his price tag. It’s hard to think that he felt the pressure as a result of holding the record, but it might have been a tedious question to deal with every week.
ESPNFC have a story that United and Jose Mourinho are prepared to wait until January before adding any more players to his squad. It is too early for outside observers to be sure, but there is evidence that the worst weaknesses of United’s squad have been resolved. If Eric Bailly stays fit, central defence should be OK. Nemanja Matic has Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are enough to rival most midfields, and Romelu Lukaku looks like the balls.
And having said all that, there’s a story in the Manchester Evening News that Perisic’s agent is set for talks with Manchester United. Should that move finally come off, then United looked well stocked for each position. Then the attention would turn to players like Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Martial. They have the chance to make a fist of a title challenge if they can smash the cack that makes up most of the league, and defend well against their rivals.