Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial has accused erstwhile United coach, Jose Mourinho of sabotaging his chances of playing at the World Cup in Russia.

Martial was named on the standby list for the 23-man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, he did not make the final squad for the tournament.

The French team won the 2018 Mundial event, making it their second World Cup title, following their victory in 1998.

Martial’s form dipped under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, who criticized Martial’s work ethic while labelling him as a ‘spoilt kid’.

Speaking with France Football, the former Monaco forward opened up on how his relationship with the ‘Special One’ turned sour. Martial referred to losing his jersey number as the beginning of his tough love with Mourinho.

“It started with the story of the shirt number, during the holidays, he [Mourinho] sent me a message to ask if I want to change to the No.11, explaining to me that it is great because it was worn by Ryan Giggs, a club legend.

“I tell him that I have the greatest respect for Giggs but I prefer to keep the No.9. When I returned to the club, I see my name with the No.11, the story did not end well. He [Mourinho] lacked direct respect for me.

“He talked about me in the press, little phrases, a bit like he had done with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. He likes these little games, but he also knows who he is doing it with.

“He knows that I am then 20-years-old, that if I say something, it is I who will pass for the young person who lacks respect.

“So I said nothing, it was useless. The following season, I was the best in the team in the first part of the season, he brought in Alexis Sanchez and there I hardly played anymore.”

“It’s the season of the World Cup and it cost me dearly, especially since the France team won [the tournament]. I should have been there.”