Manchester City legend Pablo Zabaleta has spoken out on Anthony Martial and revealed he feels ‘bad’ for the Manchester United forward.
Martial looked likely to leave the Red Devils this summer after falling out with Jose Mourinho, but opted to stay with the Old Trafford club.
He’s worked hard this season and has carved out a place for himself in the first team, at the expense of £75million forward Romelu Lukaku no less.
But despite his clear progression this campaign, Manchester City legend and current West Ham star Zabaleta, who came up against Martial in September, is worried for the Frenchman.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the way Mourinho utilises Martial, the Argentine said: "I think this is Mourinho’s philosophy. We’ve seen this at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
"When a manager has to convince players to play in the way the manager wants to play, it’s simple. Some players will enjoy it more and others will enjoy less.
"When you look at Martial, when you look at [Marcus] Rashford, they’re just always tracking full-backs rather than just attack and they just couldn’t in one on one situations.
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"And I think if I’m in their position it must be hard not to be an attacking team and play in the final third and always tracking back full-backs.
He added: "Of course when you play City who dominate possession you’ll suffer but when you play against other teams with less quality then maybe its different.
"We’re West Ham and we played Man United a few weeks ago and we felt this.
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"I was making overlapping runs and Martial was just tracking me back at some point he went ‘how old are you?’ – I felt like I can play another ten years!
"He made me feel young but I felt bad for him because he was just tracking me back all the time."
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