MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho has finally seen Anthony Martial producing the goods on a regular basis.
And that has given Mourinho reason to finally trust the winger according to Arsenal hero Martin Keown.
Martial seemed destined to leave Old Trafford after falling out with the Portuguese manager over the summer.
The France international missed out on France’s World Cup-winning squad but appears to have subsequently redoubled his efforts.
And after working himself back into the United team, Martial has hit a purple patch of form in recent weeks.
Four goals in his last three games, including a brace against Chelsea, have impressed Mourinho to such an extent that he is currently one of the first names on the team sheet.
“I think back to when Manchester United lost 3-1 at Watford seven games into Jose Mourinho’s tenure,” Keown wrote in the Daily Mail.
“It felt like that game was enough to convince Mourinho that he did not trust Martial and Luke Shaw.
“Both men have worked their way back into his plans and are a lesson to the United manager that he should not make his mind up so quickly.
“You hear United players say that Martial is on another level when he trains.
“He is an exceptional talent who purrs across the pitch when he plays.
“Now he is being given a serious platform by his manager, the forward is flourishing.
“He keeps putting the ball in the back of the net and that forces Mourinho to keep picking him. He is proving why he must play.
“You can see he wants to make things happen. He did not make France’s World Cup squad and seems determined to find a way back in.”
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward blocked the former Lyon man from being sold in the summer.
Martial responded by with impressive performances in October which saw him awarded United’s Player of the Month award.
A trip to Bournemouth awaits United tomorrow (12.30pm) before a Champions League tie with Juventus on Wednesday.