Anthony Martial became the first player fined by Manchester United during Jose Mourinho’s reign at the club when he didn’t return to pre-season training after the birth of his second child.

It appeared as though the Frenchman would be sold in the summer after his agent revealed he was looking for a move away from the club. However, Martial has looked very much a part of Mourinho’s plans this season and has been in good goalscoring form.

Yet he still hasn’t agreed another contract at the club but the manager hopes a deal can be sorted.

I don’t belong to the discussions of contracts. I don’t even know their contracts in the sense of numbers and I’m really happy with that – to not have to participate in these types of discussions.

Obviously I hope we will agree. He is a talented player – everybody has known that since he was at Monaco. Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality.

When you reach that level or are almost reaching that level is when you become a top player. One thing is a top talent, another thing is a top player. When he is now much closer to becoming a top player, obviously I would like him to stay. I know the club very much wants him to stay so hopefully he is going to stay.