Ten Hag backs Martial to get 'even better' after his goal in Melbourne
Erik ten Hag appears to rule out an exit for Anthony Martial this summer as he backs Frenchman to get ‘even better’ after his goal during Man United’s 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory
- United netted twice in each half to come from behind against Melbourne Victory
- Erik ten Hag backed Anthony Martial to get ‘even better’ after the match
- The striker was tipped for an Old Trafford exit this summer but looks set to stay
- He scored in both the 4-0 triumph against Liverpool and 4-1 win in Melbourne
Anthony Martial has been backed to get ‘even better’ by Erik ten Hag, who was impressed by his goal-scoring display during Manchester United’s 4-1 win against Melbourne Victory.
The French striker was seen as surplus to requirements under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last season and was sent of loan to Sevilla in January after struggling to earn sufficient game-time at Old Trafford.
Following a scoreless nine-game stint in LaLiga, Martial returned to Manchester to train under the new Dutch boss and has since rediscovered his goal-scoring nous.
Boss Erik ten Hag backed Anthony Martial after his side beat Melbourne Victory 4-1 on Friday
The French striker scored shortly before half time to earn United their first lead of the match
The forward scored his first pre-season goal in Tuesday’s 4-0 win against rivals Liverpool and netted once again in Melbourne on Friday.
Ten Hag may be short of options up front next season as Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford two weeks ago, but the new manager is confident in the returning Frenchman ahead of the new campaign.
‘I’m sure [Martial] can come back even better,’ Ten Hag said.
The 26-year-old also scored against Liverpool in United’s 4-0 victory on Tuesday
‘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 his max then he will have production and it’s up to him.’
Martial joined Manchester United for £36million in 2015 and has since made over 250 appearances for the club.
The 26-year-old enjoyed his best campaign in 2019-20, when he scored 17 Premier League goals to end the season as the club’s joint-highest scorer alongside Marcus Rashford.
He could see an increase in game time after Cristiano Ronaldo expressed interest in leaving
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