Manchester United forward says 'family first' as he responds to Mourinho jibes

Martial is due back at Manchester United after criticism from Jose Mourinho for his absence.

Martial and his partner on Wednesday, July 25.

The French forward had to depart Manchester United’s pre-season tour to witness the birth of his second child.

Since he departed he has not returned to training with his Manchester United as he missed the pre-season games against Premier League rivals Liverpool and European champions Real Madrid.

After the birth of his child, Martial was criticised by Mourinho for not being available immediately for selection.

He said, “Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born - a beautiful baby, full of health, thank God - he should be here and he is not here.”

There were several reports that Manchester United were going to fine the forward up to two weeks wages up to £180,000 if his absence continued.

The player has, however, come out to state the reason for his absence in a post on his official Twitter account.

He revealed that he had an obligation to his family and cited difficulties with his partner among other reason.

He said, “Thank you all for your posts. My little Swan is fine, for the mom it was harder but thanks to God she’s better now.

“Sorry, but my family will always come first... Back tomorrow in Manchester.”

Martial will return to Manchester United by his future under Mourinho is uncertain with the Portuguese manager to offload some playersbefore the close of the summer transfer window.

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