Between Manchester United and Anthony Martial, the link has remained toxic for more than seven years now. Arrived in September 2015 for the shock against Liverpool, the former Monegasque scored an anthology goal for his first in his new colors. But since then, recurring injuries and extra-sporting escapades have deprived him of a brilliant career. Because for a 2019-2020 season, with 23 goals scored and 12 assists delivered in all competitions, the Golden Boy 2015 had been lost.
Loaned to Seville last season to avoid finding himself on the bench behind new recruits Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, the native of Massy again did not convince (12 matches, 1 goal). Martial, who admitted, after his loan in Andalusia, that he no longer really enjoys Manchester United, is however seeing his destiny change. “The form is sometimes temporary, but the class is permanent and the kid has class”explained, two years ago, his ex-coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Erik ten Hag impressed
A statement that the new coach of the Red Devils, Erik ten Hag, understood. Because if we did not think we would see Anthony Martial again in the Manchester United jersey, the climate changed when he returned from loan this summer, after a long discussion with the Dutch technician. According to several British media, at the end of this interview, the former manager of Ajax Amsterdam would have indicated to his leaders that he wanted to keep the French international for the coming season, while the latter leaned more towards the sale.
During this pre-season, the 26-year-old striker scored against Liverpool (4-0) and Melbourne Victory (4-1), before gaining momentum against Crystal Palace, where he scored a goal and an assist (3-1). “I’m sure he can do even better, warned ten Hag after the victory against the Australian club. I think when he has the right concentration, the right motivation and he works hard, he will be able to continue, because he is a good player.. So it’s up to him.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future could change everything
And Erik ten Hag seems to be succeeding in what Ralf Rangnick, his predecessor, was unable to do. In training, Anthony Martial impresses in the middle of an attacking trio of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, behind Bruno Fernandes, as informed Athleticism. And the Dutch technician works a lot on this offensive system before the resumption of the Premier League due to the uncertainty around Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star is far from guaranteed to stay with the Red Devils and Anthony Martial remains the only real centre-forward in the squad.
Even in the event of the arrival of Antony, the Brazilian striker from Ajax Amsterdam, or another attacking element, the player trained at OL would be guaranteed to stay at Old Trafford for the coming season, after a decision made between the board of Man United and Ten Hag. The soap opera around the future of Cristiano Ronaldo will still be decisive in knowing what place Anthony Martial will have in the Mancunian workforce, but as the start of the season approaches against Brighton on August 7, the French international will have at heart to fight for his place, starting today in a friendly against Aston Villa (11:45 a.m.), with the hope of obtaining a ticket to the Blues for the World Cup, which will begin on November 21.