Amid rumours that Tottenham Hotspur are lining up – or have already submitted – a bid for Anthony Martial, the Frenchman found himself left on the bench for Man Utd’s first Premier League match of the season.
Just heard Spurs have bid 25mill for Anthony Martial
As a rival fan, Im interested to see how much theyre gonna bid for his other leg ?
— Bertie Magoo (@Eti_Lad) August 12, 2017
Martial also played no part in United’s Super Cup defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, remaining an unused substitute while Jesse Lingard started and Marcus Rashford was brought on as a replacement.
The latter was named in the first XI at Old Trafford against West Ham, adding further fuel to the speculation surrounding his future, but also lending weight to the growing #FreeMartial movement on Twitter.
Clearly, a large number of United supporters believe he merits a place in the lineup ahead of both Lingard and local boy Rashford.
Martial must be shagging moruinhos wife on the slip, don't understand how he isn't starting. #FreeMartial
— James French (@James__French11) August 13, 2017
Hope Mourinho is sacked today man. #FreeMartial
— Vincent (@ViinceenT_) August 13, 2017
— ?MUFC? (@allsort69) August 13, 2017
— utdcover (@utdcover) August 13, 2017
knowing Mourinho Lingard and Fellaini will probably come on and Martial left again on the bench 🙁 #FreeMartial
— a10 (@Alfiee_M) August 13, 2017
— Rooney Supporters (@WazzaSupporters) August 13, 2017
Some fans of other clubs, meanwhile, got in on the act.
Martial on the bench at United when he could be starting for us every week. #FreeMartial
— • (@NotRaylen) August 13, 2017
— Spurs (@Spurzinho) August 13, 2017