Martial looked to be heading out of United this summer after his agent revealed the striker’s disillusionment under Jose Mourinho.

United forward Martial, signed from Monaco for £36m in 2015, missed out on a place in France’s World Cup-winning squad because of a lack of game time under Mourinho last season.

That led to a growing belief Martial would be on his way this summer, with Juventus and Tottenham having expressed interest in signing him.

But United are understood to have no intention of offloading him, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward ready to trigger the extension clause.

Martial, 22, is set to lead United’s attack at the start of the new season, with Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on extended breaks following the World Cup.

And United team-mate Ander Herrera – whose own contract situation will be discussed once this summer’s window is complete – believes Martial, who impressed in United’s 1-1 draw with Club America on the opening game of their US tour in Phoenix, has the ability to become one of the world’s elite players.

“He’s very talented,” said Herrera. “He can be one of the best players in the world and I think he’s very, very focused this season to smash it.

“When you have players like Anthony, like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez – those kind of players can change the game.

“If one of them can’t play, we have three or four more, so we have lots of options.

“I think we shouldn’t think that any other club in the Premier League has better players, because at least we have as good as the opponents. Now it’s all about work, confidence, about keeping on playing like he did in the game against Club America.

“I’m confident with them because they’re all amazing players and Anthony looks very sharp.”

Herrera’s United team-mate and Spanish compatriot Juan Mata endorsed his high praise of the club’s youngsters, with Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Joel Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Scott McTominay, Demetri Mitchell, Andreas Pereira and 16-year-old Mason Greenwood all involved in the 1-1 draw with Club America in Phoenix.

They are also likely to feature in tonight’s second game of the US tour, against MLS side San Jose Earthquakes at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Mata said: “It’s good news for the club and especially the Academy that we have so many kids with us.

“I think they’re having a great experience by training with us and the manager, seeing what United represents around the world and I think the future is bright for Manchester United with these Academy players.”


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