Ligue 1 giants Lyon are plotting an audacious loan move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, according to latest reports in French media.

The highly decorated youngster came to Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2015 and had enjoyed an excellent first season under the Dutch manager. However, things got tougher since Jose Mourinho took charge as the Portuguese tactician did not provide a similar role that Martial played under Louis van Gaal.

Having not been quite a regular under Jose Mourinho, there has been lot of speculations about the future of Martial as the Red Devils are set to sign more stars in their big spending summer. Despite being a natural No.9, he has played as a left winger throughout the season under Mourinho and has struggled to cope up with the role.

The 21-year old had turned in a fine performance for Manchester United last weekend in their 2-0 win over Burnley and Mourinho looked to be pleased with the young striker.

He said: ‘We are happy because we have a new player until the end of the season.

‘If he wants to become a very special player – he can do that – then he has to go in a certain direction and today he showed this attitude and appetite.’

According to France Football, Lyon are confident that they can pull off a deal for Martial in the summer as they are keen to take him back from Manchester United on a temporary basis.

Martial came through the ranks of Lyon in his youth career before moving to Monaco and then to Manchester United in a world record deal for a teenager in 2015. However, after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a knee injury last weekend, it remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho would be okay to let go another star man in their attack for next season.

Having fallen out with Mourinho earlier in the season, it could prove to be tricky saga until the transfer window closes in summer. Martial have made only 23 starts to Manchester United across all competitions this season but could have a more important role in the final few weeks of the season.

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