Anthony Martial has said he would like to start more games for Manchester United but added that he is happier at Old Trafford than he was last season.
Martial’s performances for United this season have earned a recall to the France squad for friendlies against Wales and Germany, but all of his four Premier League goals have come when he has been a substitute.
He has only started consecutive games once this season as he has shared duties with Marcus Rashford, and he told SFR Sport: “It’s easier to start the game.”
“When you come off the bench, the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away. I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game.
“I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it’s up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I’ll play a bit more.”
He added: “We all prefer to play, even if at United when I come off the bench, I make a difference. I prefer to start games and show what I’m capable of.
“When you score and you’re a forward, you’re happy. It’s going well. Even though I’m a substitute, I play often.
“I’ve played three, two games in the Champions League, I play one game in two. It’s going well. I’d like to play more — that’s going to come through my performances.”
Martial occasionally found himself axed from Jose Mourinho’s squad last season with the coach accusing him of failing to take opportunities to impress.