Mikael Silvestre is hoping Anthony Martial stays at Manchester United and proves himself.

The French attacker has reportedly fallen out with manager Jose Mourinho and could quite possibly be on the way out at Old Trafford this summer.

But former Red Devils star Silvestre has urged 21-year-old Martial not to follow in the footsteps of fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba by throwing in the towel and leaving the famous club ahead of time.

“[He had] a very good season and adaptation to the Premier League and United,” Silvestre said on talkSPORT.

“He had been their top scorer last season, but this year he’s a different player.

“He had a difficult summer with France – he had a game where he didn’t perform and he was out of the team – and you have to remember the episode of getting his number [taken away] for [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic to take. He was not happy about that.

“We always say when you have a good first season it’s hard to [continue performing], and we have to put that on the fact he’s still young and still learning.

“I hope he keeps patient, and won’t do a Pogba, like he did and head to Juventus.

“He has to stick around and show his character. The character is about being courageous, stick to it, and work harder – as he has been doing.”



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