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Family comes first, says Martial as he prepares for Manchester return

 

Anthony Martial has defended his decision to put family first after irking Jose Mourinho by staying with his partner after she gave birth instead of returning to Manchester United's pre-season programme.

The Red Devils' frustrating tour of the United States ended with a 2-1 win against Real Madrid on Tuesday, when the France international was again conspicuous by his absence.

Martial told Mourinho that he would be leaving for the birth of his second child after starting the first two matches Stateside, and his failure to return afterwards vexed the manager.

The United boss said after the penultimate match of the tour against Liverpool that "he should be here, and he is not here", then admitted he did not know when the 22-year-old would be back with the group in Manchester.

Martial broke his silence shortly after the team landed in the UK to confirm he will be back today, when there may well be a frosty reception despite the public justification of his absence.

"Thanks for all your posts," he wrote on Twitter.

"My little Swan is fine, for the mum it was harder but thank god she is better now. Sorry but my family will always come first... back tomorrow in Manchester."

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