Anthony Martial’s future at Manchester United was unclear after he spent last season out on loan at Sevilla.
But the Frenchman looks set to begin the new Premier League season as the club’s first-choice No.9 with new manager Erik ten Hag saying the striker will not be sold this summer.
Martial seems to have returned to the club with a new lease of life following his ultimately disappointing stint in Spain.
He has led Man United’s line in all three of their pre-season friendlies so far this summer, starting and netting against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.
The 26-year-old joined the Red Devils back in 2015 and got off to a flying start, scoring against Liverpool and was even coined the new Thierry Henry by pundits and fans.
But fast forward to last season and Martial had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and was soon sent to Sevilla in January on loan for the rest of the campaign.
His move to Spain didn’t exactly go to plan, having managed just two goals in 23 appearances combined for United and the LaLiga side last season.
Now, though, Ten Hag has confirmed he still wants the Frenchman in his side and for the striker to stay at the club.
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“I’m sure he can come back even better,” he said.
“I think when he has the right focus and the right motivation and he works hard he will have production because he is a good player.
“I say when he has the right focus and every day delivers much then he will have production and it’s up to him.”
It still remains to be seen whether talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at the club, meaning this could be effecting Ten Hag’s decision to keep hold of Martial.
However, the Dutchman has hinted that Ronaldo’s future is not worrying him or heavily effecting his decision making.
What is on his mind, though, are his lack of attacking options, and the boss has stressed that the club need to sign more forward players before the transfer window shuts.
“We need more options, we have to strengthen the squad even more, we’re looking around but we also need the right players”, the Manchester United boss said on Friday.
“Concerns regarding Ronaldo not back? Of course, but concerning is maybe not the right word.”
Meanwhile, talkSPORT’s Trevor Sinclair believes that, regardless of the situation with Ronaldo, Ten Hag’s arrival is a perfect opportunity for Martial to revive his career at United.
The former Premier League player said on talkSPORT Breakfast: “New manager comes in, wipes the slate clean, he’s got a great opportunity!
“Why would you want to leave Manchester United if they’re on their way back and you can be their main No.9?”
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