Sevilla chief explains why Man Utd were not getting Anthony Martial at his best

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Anthony Martial has made two appearances for Sevilla so far

Anthony Martial has made two appearances for Sevilla so far (NurPhoto/PA)

Sevilla sporting director Monchi believes Anthony Martial is happy in Spain following his Manchester United exit last month.

Martial made it clear that he wanted to leave United in the January transfer window and the French forward got his wish as he joined Sevilla on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 26-year-old has made two appearances for Sevilla and Monchi believes the Spanish club have helped improve the player’s frame of mind.

‘In these two weeks he’s been here, what I see is happiness,’ Monchi told The Times.

‘When a player has the technical, tactical, physical qualities, what you have to do is touch the perfect spot for these qualities to reappear.

‘And we think we’re capable of finding this spot. Possibly it could mean more affection, more support, more trust; speaking more to him, for his family to feel settled, for him to feel important. There’s not one model for every player – everyone has their needs.’

Anthony Martial pushed to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window

Anthony Martial pushed to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window (NurPhoto/PA)

Meanwhile, Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui has suggested that he will use Martial in multiple attacking positions during his loan spell.

‘He is a player who, like [Jesus] Corona, must have a great adaptation and demand over time,’ Lopetegui said.

‘I think he has played a good game, he has helped us in different positions. I think he can play both in a 4-3-3 for outside, as the only striker or as a second striker. He has that ability.’

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